TRCN explains support for teachers reality TV show
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, has said its support for a recently-concluded teachers reality TV show was part of efforts to ensure that teachers are highly recognised in the country.
Speaking at an event to honour participants of the show, the Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, expressed belief that Nigeria had progressed significantly in teacher’s professionalism.
Ajiboye, who noted that teachers deserve to be celebrated, said the country was making efforts to ensure teachers' quality and teachers' professionalism in both public and private schools across the country
“I believe that this country is going far when we talk about teachers professionalism, the support government is giving the program is part of efforts to make sure that teachers are highly recognised, they deserve to be celebrated, I hereby commend the convener of the teachers reality TV show.
"The teacher’s reality T.V show will encourage teachers to do more on their jobs in terms of innovative ideas and enhance their productivity on the job"
"Teachers are actually nation builders and it has been long that teachers were never appreciated by any group but for this group to create teachers reality TV show and coming up with the idea and executing same was a great achievement," he said.
The TRCN boss said globally, teachers are now being celebrated following the global teacher’s price and the institution of the AU teacher’s prize.
"In Nigeria we have Maltina teachers award but to bring up a reality show for teachers is a wonderful idea and it is commendable, I believe very strongly that this will help our teachers to grow " he added
Organiser of the show, Ubaka Enuagwuna, who described the support from the government as massive, said his desire to improve the welfare and relevance of teachers in Nigeria gave birth to the Teachers Reality TV Show.
According to him, "I am an educator, and I know what teachers go through to build the nation, after looking at what teachers go through and the kind of support they get in terms of remuneration and other welfare package, I thought of how we can appreciate them, so we thought of giving them a platform to showcase what teachers do to improve the lives of future generation".
On the criteria of selection, Ubaka said over one thousand entrances were submitted but consideration was given to only 15 teachers who were given opportunities based on their Nationality as Nigerians, ages 21-45 years, professionally trained teachers and certified to practice the teaching profession by TRCN.
"The applicants were also requested to do some write ups after which we found only 15 considerable among them," he said.
Enuagwuna stressed that the Teachers Reality TV show has come to stay in Africa and that it is a new Dawn for teachers in Nigeria, he added that he is determined to take the initiative to greater heights.
"It is the first edition, although we encountered a lot of challenges, but due to passion we were able to pull through, we now have many corporate bodies indicating interest to partner with us towards sponsoring the second edition."
"The TRCN encouraged me and my team to go all out to bring the reality show into reality, the TRCN organised dinner in honour of the first teacher reality TV show in Nigeria," he said.
Fifteen teachers participated in the reality TV show and three winners emerged. Vivian Ifeagwu, the winner of Nigeria's first Teachers' reality TV show ,a Primary Four teacher at Imperial Gate School, Lekki, Lagos, got N1.5million and a trip to Dubai as her reward of the contest.
According to Vivian, "I was being myself, the passion was out, my perception about teaching, teachers are not boring people."