The Minister of Secondary Education, Nalova Lyonga, chaired an event in Yaounde on 5 October marking the celebration of World Teachers’ Day. While speaking, she gave some tips for teachers to adopt in order to maintain their composure when faced with certain situations in school.
She said they need to stay confident and not consider as defiant a student having more knowledge than them in a given aspect “They need not be ashamed if the student knows more than they know because the world has changed today. The teacher does not have a monopoly of knowledge.
“The students themselves can very well be at the center of the knowledge. The teacher must be able to learn and change and to adapt. He is doing this everyday in order to remain as a teacher” the Minister explained.
Considering the challenges that teachers battle with everyday, Nalova Lyonga lauded their efforts in grooming leaders of tomorrow. “The teacher is at the bottom of all that we do in society, the teacher has a different way of doing things. If the teacher is angry, he has a way of telling somebody that he is angry because he is a teacher. Their methods are different”.
The 2021 World Teachers’ Day focused on the theme “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”.