Quality, commitment to teaching profession

In the final analysis, the fate of a school rests on the quality and commitment of the teaching profession. Teachers have the power to make or break a school system.

And it is indeed a truism that the quality of the education a school is dispensing cannot exceed the quality of the teachers. That is to say what teachers say or do in the classroom shapes the destiny of students.

If I were asked to say how can all schools achieve the desired student learning outcomes, my simple response would be switch on the teachers. Given the centrality of the teacher factor in the quest for improved educational outcomes, it is not a farfetched conclusion that a school can only go down the drain when its teachers are switched off. Expressing their faith and trust in the game changing prowess of the teacher factor, renowned Harvard scholars Rachel E. Curtis and Elizabeth A. City, made it sufficiently clear that when subjected to a consistent and rigorous teaching regimen for a period of three years, students are bound to make dramatic and significant academic gains.

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