The need for students to be exposed to skills required to be effective in the 21st century job market have again being reiterated.
Magdalene Okrikri, Principal Greenspring Schools, Anthony campus stated this while speaking at the 2018 career fair organised for students in Lagos.
Okrikri observed that the world is dynamic and things keep changing, adding that educators there need to position themselves to help students develop skills they need to cope in the 21 century.
According to her, “As a school, we are always proactive to seek ways to help our students better. This motivated the formation of the thinking school, the first in Nigeria and Africa where we teach thinking to our students”.
“For us, it’s not just about getting the content, but teaching our students to be critical and creative thinkers, because these are the skills they need to survive in future” Okrikri said.
She further stated that Greenspring Group of Schools has become the first in Nigeria and indeed Africa to be recognised as a thinking school.
While commenting on the reason students are not interested in the teaching profession, the principal opines that teaching requires creativity and that’s why the school have looked into the direction of ensuring that students are taught how to think.
“We also have to re-educate ourselves as teachers and the school has to train every teacher to ensure that we also change our strategy to enable our children know how to teach. So, we are in that process,” she added.
On her part, Chinelo Nkennor, Head of Counselling, Greenspring Group of Schools pointed out that it is worrisome that a lot of students have a wrong perception of what teaching is all about, adding that it is important educationist begin to stress the need to see teaching as a noble profession.
Nkennor further observed that in choosing a career, there are certain things students need to consider. “These are your personality, aptitude, value system and your interest”.