The education system needs teachers and there are many who detest the idea of having to ‘dictate’ a class of young minds, but a teacher’s job is not to dictate but to ‘educate’ or share with students, ideas and theories, they need to know to get ahead in life. The minute the definition of a teacher is clear to people, the opportunities start opening up and teaching, as a profession, doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
Teaching: Through the Eyes of Tony Ryan
There are many who believe that teaching is comfortable and easy job. On the contrary, teaching is actually a challenging task that requires tremendous amount of patience. The job is still good but it is not exactly an easy choice. Handling a class for 40 minutes, keeping the students involved and inside the classroom is demanding indeed. Tony Ryan, the head teacher of Chiswick School, left school with three O-Levels at the age of 16 to start an apprenticeship to become a car mechanic.
He learned a lot during his apprenticeship and changed his entire learning experience. While completing his apprenticeship, he felt grown up as he was treated like one and was given importance. In fact, while learning on the job, he discovered a new meaning to science. As he grew as a car mechanic, he slowly started to feel that his job was becoming tedious. He also wanted to complete his education, but with the demand on the floor, he couldn’t. Till one day he saw that Inner London Education Authority was sponsoring individuals to start a two year degree in teaching. He wanted to do the degree not to teach but to return to the industry and maybe move into management.
His Years as a Teacher
However, while studying, he got himself a job at school as there was a shortage of teachers. As destiny would have it, he found himself teaching A-Levels only in his first year. As he taught, he discovered that it was a good job but it also had its set of difficulties. Next he taught at an estate school where things were really difficulty. He had to teach students with drug problems and had middle class, working parents. The bunch was hard to handle as different methods had to be applied to handle and control situations.
The Bottom Line
So basically, he discovered that teaching was indeed a respectable career option but was an extremely challenging and demanding job. As students vary in behaviour, it becomes very important for the teacher to adopt various ways to control a class, so that they can contain and engage them for a 40 minute class.
Why only a group of people could think of higher education a few years ago? Financial hurdle has always been a big reason for most of the people. But money apart, the stringent education system offered few scopes to many; as people with difficult time schedules, professional and personal engagements, geographical and physical impediments could hardly benefit from learning institutions. Thanks to technological development! The fateful time of education is over. Now, internet brings you affordable, flexible and convenient learning solutions at a flick!
Millions across the globe have chosen online classes to achieve effective education. And from nations of the first world to the developing ones have stepped forward to offer better learning experience to their citizens. The big players among them are:
The United States
The educational market of the US has flourished significantly with the advent of online learning options. With a record enrollment in virtual classes, the country is topping the list of online popularity. According to the survey report conducted in 2013 by the Babson Survey Research Group more than 7 million people are taking at least one online course in the country. The country has set an example for many and inspiring the world to design better education.
The place that has always been preferred by the scholars far and wide; it’s no different in the twenty first. A range of people have started seeking suitable courses from different parts of the world as the UK Universities decided to go online. With millions of interests from different parts the industry and the government are working together toward developing better online resources for learners all over.
The other important names on the list are:
Australia: The country is showing some impressive results in online education. The urge to sign up for new courses has even been quite prominent during the economic downturn (2008-09). As per reports, the market has grown almost 20% over the last few years.
The advantages have also attracted students from countries like India, China, Malaysia and South Africa.
Combination of technology and education is a breakthrough for African students!
Demand for quality knowledge was always there in South Africa. But a few could afford learning further than basics as resources and finance were big hurdles. With the introduction of online opportunity the country has seen major developments in higher educational sector. The educational industry and the administration are striving hard to benefit from all the qualities of new age learning. They have successfully developed online resources across the country to improve education in schools and colleges simultaneously.
Education is the key to development. The innovative methods of learning are being widely implemented in the western African region. Nigeria for instance is an important name.
“There are a lot of young people in Africa who could be Steve Jobs, but most of them will die without living their full potential,” says Ndubuisi Ekekwe, founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors and Microelectronics, one of Africa’s leading microelectronics firms. Africa as considered by the reports on world education is a country having the biggest amount of displeased students. The current population of the young adult is over 200 million whereas only 5% of them register for higher levels; a few manage to fly abroad and the rest which 190 million quit without option.
Shortage of teachers, poor infrastructure, poor quality resources, and financial stringency – reasons are many behind the country’s disappointing education but it’s improving fortunately. Technology is transforming education in Nigeria in real sense. According to author Anya Kamentz online colleges have started taking waves in America. She appreciates entrepreneurial efforts in Kenya and Nigeria being endorsed by some big companies enhancing massive open online courses and other open distance learning resources that are opening fresh avenues for the citizens toward a better future.
Attempt like “Tablet of Knowledge” is quite commendable as it is utilizing the advantages of technological development to improve learning experience of the country. “We just introduced a tool for learning called ‘tablet of knowledge.’ It is an electronic platform with three segments; the first segment is the E-library covering all the subjects being taught in the state. The second is the test segment, where you have 40,000 questions, and the third segment is where students have audio interaction with their teachers,” said Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of Nigeria’s Osun state. Getting education online has become far easier as schools, colleges and other learning centers are now able to provide necessary equipments to their students.
“In our collective resolve to drive a knowledge base economy, government has already concluded arrangement to adopt a free education for all indigene at all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state,” declared Kwankwaso in Kano. And experts believe that their initiatives in providing free and low-cost education have been important milestones in the history of world academy.
Learners, educators and experts think it’s a blissful time for students around the world as for the first time the whole world has collaborated to build an effective learning environment implementing the best of technology. It’s a godsend for people residing in developing regions as financial obstacles, social turbulence, and lack of proper resources – the number of reasons that have been impeding their growth and prosperity are soon to disappear. Now, you can earn degrees from UK University sitting in Nigeria. Yes, it’s all so easy now!
With the onset of New Year, people are busy making resolutions, which usually get abandoned before the month of January comes to an end. One thing that people should keep in mind is to make realistic and goal oriented resolutions that could be maintained. Enrolling in an online course in New Year, or completing the online course you registered for in the previous year may be the right resolution for the career enthusiasts.
Taking an online course is viable for most career conscious people. If you are flirting with the idea of enrolling in a part time master’s programme, getting admission in an online course would prove as a great boost to your career prospects. Some leading institutions have come up with free online courses, enrolling in which might prove beneficial to your career.
Virtues of online courses
When it comes to enrolment and completion of online courses, you do not have to run from pillar to posts. You just need to register, wait for the date of beginning of classes, watch the video presentations, take weekly quizzes for the entire course duration, and take the final exam. The best part is that you do not require reading, as you can assimilate and conceptualise the information just by watching the video presentation of classes. At the end of the course duration, you are given a statement of course completion and a verified certificate of completion from the university that is sponsoring the course.
Massive Open Online Courses
Online courses are not new phenomena, as they have been in existence for a long time now. But, they are the latest part in the evolution of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) approaches. The information and communication technology revolution in the 21st century has expanded and liberalised the online learning method. In particular, the quick development of Web 2.0 tools has given the open access to the learning resources and led to the inception of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Top MOOCs providers
The top ranking global institutions have put their money in some of the distinguished MOOCs providers, such as Udacity, edX, Coursera, and Courseware. These MOOCs providers offer courses, which are affiliated by the top ranking universities in the world. For example, Coursera runs in the partnership with Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania and different other elite institutions from across the world. Students have the option to choose from a wide array of courses in different career fields, such as medical, engineering, economics, science, finance, and languages, all provided by renowned academicians.
MOOCs in underprivileged regions, like Nigeria
To many people, all of these things seem revolutionary. MOOCs hold a great potential to spread the best of knowledge in the underprivileged regions of the world. It has digitised and liberalised the best of education facilities. According to the Washington Post, MOOCs are elite education for the masses. However, there are certain constraints and limitations, such as internet infrastructure, certification, electricity, mainstreaming education acceptance, that need to be sorted out for the better and wider reach of MOOCs in developing countries, including Nigeria.
In spite of some shortcomings, MOOCs have started to attract the attention of career enthusiasts around the world, including Nigeria and other underdeveloped African nations. So, if you are looking for ways and means to improve yourself and rise in your career, you must look up the options being made available to you by the leading online course providers.
Nigeria, a place where the education system is of a question mark forever! The learners in Nigeria are the ones who are deprived of quality education and being in the education field myself, I really feel bad that I am not able to do anything about it. Same as others, I am also hoping for a better education scenario in Nigeria and my hope is strong. Here, the primary school level, college as well as university level education is at stake. There are unending crises in the classrooms, no proper educators, poor educational resources, and what not! It seems that Nigeria was meant to be devoid of proper education.
Last year, the strike of the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities), literally blemished the education sector of Nigeria. Again, the killing of 45 learners in their sleep by a few gunmen on the 30th September of the College of Agriculture further affected the system. The state were blamed for its carefree attitude towards the security of the learners on campus and this further made people away from thinking about sending their kids there for getting a degree. The Federal and Government were questioned of allocating funds to the Nigerian education sector. According to the Government, however, 2013 was a year of highest number of financial aid being given to the education sector of Nigeria. CBN says opposite to this. As per CBN, 1997 was the year which allocated highest funds with 17.59%. 2013’s allocation was only 8.70% as compared to 1997’s one.
Development of online learning in Nigeria
It seems that with the dawn of online education Nigeria, the education scenario would improve a bit. The aspiring learners in Nigeria, who cannot enjoy a proper learning schedule, can now see a ray of hope with online education. Only with the help of a computer and an internet connection, the learners can now acquire a degree through online classes from various reputed universities worldwide. These courses are affordable, they are easily accessible and the best part is that the learners can get the most updated knowledge about their course.
With so much advancements in the field of education, it is now a known fact that getting a degree is not that strenuous anymore. One doesn’t need to attend hour long classes and skip other work to visit college. This works best for the candidates in Nigeria because the learners do not have the tension of relocating to a new place and yet they can get a degree from a well-known university so easily.
Not only for the learners who cannot afford has a regular degree from UK or US but these online degrees lent a helping hand to the ones who are physically challenged as well. All of these have made online education a very interesting aspect in Nigeria.
It is true that with the entry of online classes degrees in Nigeria, many learners will be able to fulfil their dreams of getting a degree from their preferred university that too at a price which they can afford. I really wish that the learning environment of Nigeria gets better in the coming years and this New Year marks a trend in the education system of Nigeria by promoting growth in the education sector of the nation and improving the scenario as a whole.
“In our collective resolve to drive a knowledge base economy, government has already concluded arrangement to adopt a free education for all indigene at all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state”, declared Kano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso recently. Kano has always been in news for social turbulence. Suffering from various complications this Nigerian state is among the low rated places suffering from educational backwardness for a long time. Observing the poor enrollment tendencies in the state, Governor Kwankwaso has decided to take some important initiatives welcoming a knowledge-based economy.
Activating Education For All Is The Primary Target!
Shedding light on the budget proposals of 2014 that was held of late at Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano, Kano State Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Yusuf Bello Dambatta made it clear that the declaration regarding free education is an idea to accomplish Governor Kwankwaso’s mission for mass education at all levels in the state. The Governor added that “this is in addition to sponsoring of Kano indigenes to pursue their various degree programmes locally and internationally”, pointing out that the commencement of the free education for all Kano state indigenes from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions starting from the new academic session in 2014.”
It’s A Well-Planned Project That Deserves Success…
Predicting it would be an expensive attempt and to ascertain effective execution of the new programme, the Education sector has received the largest share of the sectoral allocation of more than N20billion with Ministry of Education N15.22billion and its ministry for Higher Education counterpart got N5.61billion. The list of policy programmes for 2014 fiscal year that focuses on educational development of the state includes more programmes like, N6.5 billion for the continuation work at Schools for Islamic Studies in each of the 44 LGAs. According to Kwankwaso announcement, an amount of N2 billion has been kept separately for the continuation of 44 Technical Schools one in each LGAs; adding that N241 million has equally been earmarked for the procurement of 15 mobile computing solar powered container box.
Governor Kwankwaso is immensely hopeful about the new plans and expects ninety percent successful completion of the project by this year. Governor Kwankwaso said that he is optimistic and believes that, 2014 budget of consolidation will not only consolidate the government’s development efforts but will ensure prudence and efficiency in its expenditure programmes. He has also promised to accomplish his targets using limited resources but achieve maximum impact. Governor Kwankwaso is expecting effective performance, transparency and accountability from Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the discharge of their functions.
It’s a giant step for sure. Most of the countries from developing region have been under constant threat of poverty, violence and political malice. Lack of transparency and innovation in administrative actions has been postponing their growth since years. Governor Kwankwaso’s mission to make education free for all is a landmark attempt as experts think that education is the key to development.