Improving the conditions of teachers and teaching in rural schools across African countries
Teaching in many developing and developed countries of the word is a stimulating, satisfying and rewarding career that provides the opportunity to influence and shape many lives. However, in many African countries, especially in the remote rural communities, the reverse is the case. This is largely due to the challenges facing teachers and teaching in rural schools, which do not exist in urban or sub-urban areas. Apart, from the inconvenience arising from the geographic isolation experiences by teachers in many rural schools, there are also problems of poor conditions of services, poor remunerations of teachers, delaying payment of salaries, lack of adequate resources and poor community involvement. Furthermore, many rural schools are confronted with the problem of dilapidated infrastructure, lack of up to date textbooks and resources. Consequently, effort to attract and retain competent and qualified teachers in rural schools, to a very large extent, have become a problem to policy makers and educational managers.