Major challenges as drawbacks of teacher development: The way forward for the Nigerian teacher in basic education
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2009 Conference, August 2009, Ghana. To make a new teacher requires a paradigm shift from what constitutes the package of the old concept of the teacher, to what should constitute the package of the concept of the envisaged new teacher, given the plethora of knowledge explosion in the province of globalization. Teaching generally, both in Nigeria and elsewhere is regarded as a special profession characterized by deep-rooted historical antecedents. It has its peculiar challenges. The challenges notwithstanding one consolation is very remarkable: It has been operating on the increamental model of policy making. It graduated from a level of voluntary service without any legal instrument to the present level of a pensionable profession in the public service.