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Teaching

One of the most honorable professions in the world both in modern and ancient times, Ahmed Shawgy the prince of Arab poets said stand up to greet the teacher for he is almost a prophet.

Yes Teachers are most highly revered and their efforts are appreciated by both pupils and their parents, not just during the time of study but good teachers will be remembered and adored by their pupils for a lifetime. A good, wise, patient, talented teacher will make pupils understand the subject, grow to love it and often excel in it. No matter how difficult the subject, needless to say a bad teacher will have a destructive effect on the pupils academically and emotionally.As much as pupils and parents respect teachers, governments always under appreciate them by taking them for granted. In most countries teachers are badly paid, even though their job is a demanding one both physically and emotionally. Teachers hold our future in their hands if they are unhappy this will reflect on our children and what hope do we have if the children of today who are the men and women of tomorrow are badly educated.
Teachers whether you are young or old have influence on your life. They can make you optimistic and they can make your life miserable do not under estimate the influence teachers exert on our lives.
I am one of the lucky ones who have had many great teachers whether it was in my first years of primary school or later on in life as an adult. I have had fantastic teachers who have nurtured me and made learning attractive for me and to them I am eternally grateful for their love and attention, God bless every one of them. I only pray and wish that Libyan children and students of all ages have good teachers as I had. So how can we achieve such a feat.

 In the last two decades teaching in Libya has suffered. Teachers were poorly trained. Perquisites in terms of grades for those who want to become teachers were so low.  Those who were had the worst grades were sent to teachers colleges and graduated within 3 years where they taught students badly. The result is a huge pout of ignorance transferred from teacher to students.

In Libya women make up 80% if not 90% of all teachers, Libyan women were and still are attracted to this profession mainly because schools were always situated close to their homes and also due to the relatively short hours which is ideal for wives and mothers who would like to pursue a career but don’t want to neglect their families and their needs.
In the last two decades teaching in Libya has suffered. Teachers were poorly trained. Perquisites in terms of grades for those who want to become teachers were so low. Those who were had the worst grades were sent to teachers colleges and graduated within 3 years where they taught students badly. The result is a huge pout of ignorance transferred from teacher to students.
As the older teachers with knowledge, expertise and superior training retired, the students were left with badly trained under qualified teachers. Cheating in exams became a norm for students in fact the bad teachers often were accomplices in the cheating game.
So it goes without saying that teaching should be overhauled, there is so much unemployment in Libya and yet our children are left at the mercy of uneducated people so why not give teaching in Libya a makeover?

Pay of course is the biggest incentive with a large pay check teaching will gain attractiveness. But also good modern well equipped schools will make teaching a coveted profession it once was.
All these unemployed university grads, give them a chance ,first interview them and determine if they have what it takes to be a teacher then make them take an exam to evaluate their knowledge boundaries, then let them teach. The current teachers need to take the tests too to see how appropriate they are for the posts they hold then maybe a teaching system similar to the one Europe and USA employs can be used which is each class has two teachers and more than one assistant. This system will improve education and lower unemployment rates and give Libyan education system it’s high standards and restore its former glory.

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