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Why Are Teachers dying ?                                               – a teacher’s rant

I went to a school for a day supply the other day and what I saw described the misery that teachers are in at the moment. No wonder teachers are leaving the profession in droves or are suffering from stress related ailments resulting in long term absences from work and not returning to work. Senior leaders of schools are getting more overworked and there is no semblance of work life balance anymore.

The so-called successful schools that are rated as outstanding by the watchdog – ofsted – what does data, both qualitative and quantitative reveal about the stakeholder’s condition health wise? – The teachers and leaders in the school, even the students and the parents? These category of stakeholders (teachers, school leaders, support workers) live the school, breathe the school, think the school, dream the school and eventually die.

The death here is similar to the one described by Seamus Heaney in his poem – ‘The Death of a Naturalist.’

Teachers have died countless deaths.

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6 Comments

  • Awele ilusanmi Posted May 17, 2020 5:13 pm

    I read this and I took a deep breath.

    Do Teachers have to go through this?

    Why all the stress?

    What can we do to make the passion and love for teaching come alive again so that they won’t call in sick?

    We need a good encouraging and supportive system in place for Teachers.

    Teachers are really trying to bring up great leaders of tomorrow.

    Great piece. Great write up. Well Done.

    • Uwem Mbot Umana Posted May 17, 2020 6:09 pm

      Thanks Awele. This is quite sad. That is the biggest question? When we have people at the helm of affairs who do not have a clue about education, when we have people administering education who do not have the love of the profession at heart, when we have budget issues, when we have politics all interfering with the integrity of the profession, these issues will always crop up…that is why the question, at what cost?

  • defemalbert@gmail.com Posted May 15, 2020 11:19 am

    A great insight into the problems of teachers and teaching profession all over the world.The situation is more profound in Nigeria where there is infrastructural decay and overcrowding in the classrooms in public schools. .The number one profession is fast becoming a nightmare to teachers, no thanks to the politicians and greedy civil servants…

    • Uwem Mbot Umana Posted May 15, 2020 1:10 pm

      Thank you for your comment sir. I know it is terrible in Nigeria. What do you think is the way forward?

  • Gideon Posted May 14, 2020 11:05 pm

    This is a wonderful insight into teaching in the modern day, there’s many frustrating moments of a teacher yet the most important person. This well is running out and nobody seems to notice..

    • Uwem Mbot Umana Posted May 15, 2020 1:06 am

      That’s the point Gideon. Your comment is very spot on. So may frustrating moments in the life of a teacher that people know about….

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