The status of African teachers in independent Africa

Before independence, the teaching profession was perhaps the most highly respected and envied among Africans. Unfortunately, that ‘golden age’ for teachers is gone, and perhaps goneforever. Now (1974), ten years after independence (Zambia) all the teacher can receive for his services is constant ridicule from students and the public.But why is this so when teachers are often referred to as builders of nations and as people who hold the keys to the future prosperity of nations? Why has African political independence lowered the status and the respect which the teachers used to enjoy?The author describes the factors which have affected the status of the teaching profession in Africa and gives some suggestions for improving the status of the teachers. Notes, table.

Title: The status of African teachers in independent Africa
Author: Tiberondwa, A.K.
Year: 1976
Periodical: Education in Eastern Africa
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 53-59
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
Subject: teachers
Abstract: Before independence, the teaching profession was perhaps the most highly respected and envied among Africans. Unfortunately, that ‘golden age’ for teachers is gone, and perhaps goneforever. Now (1974), ten years after independence (Zambia) all the teacher can receive for his services is constant ridicule from students and the public.But why is this so when teachers are often referred to as builders of nations and as people who hold the keys to the future prosperity of nations? Why has African political independence lowered the status and the respect which the teachers used to enjoy?The author describes the factors which have affected the status of the teaching profession in Africa and gives some suggestions for improving the status of the teachers. Notes, table.