The Nigerian teachers have many teacher’s associations. However, in 1978, the Government created the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to conduct programmes that would upgrade teacher qualifications to the NCE level, with most of this training carried out by distance learning. Between 1993 and 1996, the NTI graduated 34,486 in their NCE distance learning programme. In 2000, it trained 20,000 teachers; A Bachelor of Education programme with NTI received approval by the government at the end of 2000.
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- NIGERIA UNION OF TEACHERS (NUT)
What is today known and called Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) was founded in July 1931 by the amalgamation of the first two teachers Associations in Nigeria, namely, Lagos Union of Teachers (LUT), formed in 1925 with its founding President as Rev. Canhon J.O. Lucas and the Association of Headmasters of Ijebu Schools (AHIS), led by Rev. I.O. Ransome Kuti, formed in 1926. At an inaugural meeting of the two groups held at CMS Grammar School, Lagos on 8th and 9th July, 1931, a Constitution was drafted and ratified and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) was officially launched after accommodating other Teachers’ Associations from Agege, Ibadan and Abeokuta. Aims and Objectives of NU:
- To foster unity and progress among all teachers in Nigeria.
- To foster the spirit of active co-operation and comradeship between teachers and other workers.
- To raise the status of the teaching profession through improved quality of education and conditions of service.
- To promote and advance the course of education and the teaching profession throughout the federation and also endeavour to secure the removal of difficulties, abuses, anomalies and obsolete regulations detrimental to progress.
- To enhance the social and economic well-being of members and establish welfare funds for the benefit of members of the Union.
- To provide a forum for the co-operation of teachers and the promotion of their welfare, the interest of education and the teaching profession.
- To promote the corporate image of the Union both nationally and internationally by ensuring the continued existence of a strong, virile and well articulated organization
- To give leadership and stimulate interest in matters which foster national and international unity and understanding. (Write five Forms of Teaching Association in Nigeria)
- ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL EDUCATORS OF NIGERIA (AISEN)
Association of International School Educators of Nigeria (AISEN) is an association of International Schools’ Educators in Nigeria. It provides a forum through which members access training, advice, and practical assistance where required. The networking opportunities enable professional educators to share, help and support on both professional and personal matters.
As part of their activities, AISEN organises termly sporting, intellectual and cultural activities for pupils of member schools to participate in. These events follow clear guidelines and rules. This initiative has proved to be an incredible landmark in the history of International Schools in Nigeria.
The Association of International School Educators of Nigeria (AISEN) started because schools running the international examinations wanted to develop a closer relationship with the British Council to improve the organisation of the studies.
- CURRICULUM ORGANIZATION OF NIGERIA
The Curriculum Organization of Nigeria CON was conceptualized by the staff of the Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Jos, Jos in 1982. Prominent amongst the staff were Profs. P N Lassa, Etim and Sali Bao. The proposal for the formation of the body was drafted and circulated to universities faculties of education and institutes of education, and other educational institutions like Comparative Education Study and Adaptation Centre (CESAC) and Nigerian Educational Research Council (NERC).
Individuals were requested to register for membership, either as ordinary members or as fellow and life members with the fee of life members being about ten times that of ordinary members. Based on the encouraging response to this proposal, an International Curriculum Conference was hosted by the Department of Curriculum Studies of the Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Jos in September 1982. At the conference, CON was formally established and launched on 24 September 1982 with its headquarters at the Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Jos. A draft constitution was also accepted for use in which it was decided that fellowship and life membership should not be conferred on any member until after ten years of active membership. All those who had paid for fellowship and life membership were advised to convert the money to appropriate number of annual dues and payment for some documents of CON. (Write five Forms of Teaching Association in Nigeria)
- SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATIONISTS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (SOSAN)
The Social Studies Educationists Association of Nigeria (SOSAN) is an educational professional body organized by and for all persons who believe in the principles of social education. It is an organization of learners, teachers, educators, curriculum developers, writers and qualified educational practitioners in the field of social education and or accepted related disciplines. It is a professional body which consists of professionally qualified teachers who have their origins largely from the social sciences and humanities. SOSAN is not a trade union but purely concerned with improving and strengthening the teaching and learning of social studies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The formation of SOSAN was considered for the first time in 1966, the same year CESAC and The Aiyetoro Project (The Ohio Project) came up with a booklet titled “Social Studies for Nigerian Schools. The idea of forming a National body was initiated by Mr. M.A. Makinde, then a teacher in the Government Teachers’ College, Ilesha. Mr. Makinde, who was one of the coordinators of the Aiyetoro programme, suggested that one of his primary aims of forming SOSAN would be to enable teachers of humanities, especially those involved in the pilot project, to come together to discuss their common problems, and be taught the new approaches in the teaching of their various subjects, viz, History, Geography, Economics and Government. (Write five Forms of Teaching Association in Nigeria)
- ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF POLYTECHNICS
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Nigeria is a registered Trade Union (CAP 437 of 1990). The Union is an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The Union also interfaces other Unions in the Education sector particularly in the tertiary sub-sector within prescribed limits in its constitution. The Union serves to protect and promote members’ interests as well as that of the Technical Education sub-sector and the Education sector in general. Membership of the Union covers all academic staff (Lecturers, Technologists, Instructors and Librarians) in all public Polytechnics and Monotechnics in Nigeria. (Write five Forms of Teaching Association in Nigeria)
The teachers’ organizations must be fully represented and actively involved and must work relentlessly to safeguard the autonomy inherent in the status of teaching as profession. They must strictly enforce members’ compliance with professional codes of ethics. The nature, contents and activities clearly spelt out in their constitutions must be professional in all ramifications. The teachers’ organizations must inspire their members to develop and maintain professional culture and refrain from unethical values. They should work cooperatively with the government in the provision of staff development programmes such as in-service education, on-the-job training schemes, workshops, seminars, conferences and vacation programmes for teachers. The organization should also restrict the entry and exit of members. To this end, the organization should make sure that anybody that has not undergone proper training should not be allowed into the job.