The teaching profession in the 21st century, demands and prospects
Ijeoma Regina Ernest-Ehibudu, Ehibudu Margaret Ugochi
The teaching profession has faced a lot of challenges and members of the society are beginning to question the professionalism in teaching. This doubt as to whether teaching is a professional career and if teachers are professionals could be attributed towrong persons or individuals becoming teachers or getting into the teaching profession with wrong motives. This is the case when individuals get into the teaching profession as a result of lack of employment or for want of anything legitimate to do in order to earn a living. Some of the present-day learners who are the future generation may not want anything to do with the teaching profession. They view teaching as a not-so-attractive field of endeavor, with low pay and unsatisfactory work conditions. Some are even teaching without the necessary teaching qualifications while hoping for things to turn out good. It is no longer business as usual in the sense that the 21st century has placed lots of demands on teachers and the teaching profession; more so in this era of social distancing and uncertainties occasioned by the pandemic, that blended learning, virtual/online learning has become imperative.