In response to the shortage of professionals in the teaching profession, the Akire of Ikire-Ile in Osun State, Oba Abdulazeez Olatubosun, has returned to teaching. The monarch, a former mathematics lecturer at Osun State College, Ila-Orangun, took on the role of teaching Senior School Two (SS2) and SS3 students at The Wings Schools in Iwo.
He emphasized that his decision to teach was aimed at complementing his colleagues and addressing the shortage of qualified educators.
This move comes alongside calls from prominent figures like Prof. Lai Olurode, a former National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Dr. Dikrullahi Olurode from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. They emphasized the urgent need for improved welfare for teachers and tutors.
Prof. Olurode, who also serves as the proprietor of the school where Oba Abdulazeez Olatubosun taught, expressed concern about the negative perception of teaching as a profession. He highlighted the societal disrespect and poverty associated with teaching, making it a less attractive career choice.
Both Prof. Olurode and Dr. Olurode emphasized the importance of addressing the welfare and motivation of teachers and lecturers. They stressed that investing in human capital development and education was crucial for the country’s progress.
The royal father, Oba Abdulazeez Olatubosun, further suggested that the government should focus on recruiting younger, qualified teachers and provide them with basic incentives to enhance the teaching profession and tackle the shortage of educators effectively.