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The provost of the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun state Adebayo Ajayi has lamented the ill treatment which are meted on teachers across the country , the reason he pinpointed for the refusal of students to show interest in the teaching profession.
The provost who blamed the society, teachers and largely the government for the low life treatment given to the profession spoke during a press briefing organised to usher in the 24th convocation ceremony of the college scheduled to start on 27th September and end on 3rd of October this year.
Speaking about the diverse effect of the ill treatment battling the noble profession, the Provost explained that, if not for extra effort put in the development of the institution by the management, students might have seized from attending the college.
During the briefing which was well attended by the principal officers of the institution, Ajayi noted that during the convocation programme, the former President Olusegun Obasanjo will be awarded for facilitating the institution to the state among other awardee.
His words, “The profession is not treated well in the country, may be because the decision makers have forgotten that without the teaching profession all other professions can not come to being.
“Although, the government, the society and the teachers themselves are to be blamed for the ill treatment meted on the profession. for government, they will always attend to teachers late alleging that teachers are many.
“Also teachers also appear to be less important even sometimes in their dressing, they appear as if they are subservient to other civil servants meanwhile, we are all on the same salary scale”.
The Provost, however noted that the convocation will be a combination of three set of graduands ranging from 2013/2014 to 2017/2018 while the school will graduate 8,777 students this session.
Events heralding the convocation includes; A jumat service, Church Thanksgiving, award night, convocation lecture amongst others.