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After my suffering in UI, I vowed never to further my studies –Ex-teacher, Fakol

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After my suffering in UI, I vowed never to further my studies –Ex-teacher, Fakologbon

A retired teacher, Pa Isaac Fakologbon, a leader in Ero community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, talks about his life with PETER DADA
I was told that I was born in 1934. I attended St Michael Primary School, Ero, and in 1949, I went to St. Paul Primary School, Igbara-Oke, (Ondo State) and left in 1950.



I attended two primary schools because the highest class in Ero then was Standard Four; so, when we got to Standard Four, we would move to other higher classes – five and six in another town.

Did you further when you completed primary education?

Yes, I went further. After I completed primary, we went in search of jobs. I worked as a cocoa produce clerk for four years and after that, I travelled to Ibadan to look for another job and was appointed as a primary school teacher in 1954 at Akindele Eleja St. James. In 1955, I gained admission to St. Luke’s Teachers Training College, Ibadan, and I finished there in 1958.

Later, I took the General Certificate Examination and I passed the ordinary and advance levels which qualified me to gain admission to the University of Ibadan to study Education in 1966. In 1970, I finished and started working until I retired.

Where were the places you worked?

I worked in many places in the South-West. I worked at Ire-Akari Grammar School Ido Ani. I was there for years. I worked at Igboegunrin Community High School in Ilaje; Community Grammar School, Otun Ekiti; Ilemobola Grammar School, Idanre; Anglican Grammar School, Ero; Ayo Grammar School, Ipogun, among other places. The last school I was transferred to was Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure, where I retired.

How would you describe your experience in teaching?

I will describe it as peaceful and a noble profession. If you do your work diligently, you don’t have anything to fear; you don’t need to struggle for post because promotion in teaching is based on expertise and years of experience. I enjoyed the job to the level that my students liked me so much and cooperated with me. When I was teaching, there were many social activities I introduced and enjoyed. I am happy today that most of those I taught are now in big positions in the country.



Did you make any efforts for further your studies after you left UI?

I didn’t make any efforts because when I entered university, there was no sponsor. I was a very poor student then. I borrowed money from people to fund my education. At times, it was my colleagues in the university that would help me in one way or the other by giving me food. The condition was very tough then that I was just praying to end the programme. After it ended, I swore that I would never return to school. Even when I started working, I didn’t want to further my studies because at the time, my mind was on how to build a house and train my children.

Have you always wanted to be a teacher?

Not really, but the teaching profession was the cheapest opportunity in those days. Also in our town in Ero, our leaders only knew teaching then. They didn’t know anything in other areas of life. After primary school, our mind was on teaching. No one counselled us to go to other disciplines.

Do you have any regrets being a teacher?

No, I don’t have because of the type of pupils I taught and I am proud of them today. But in teaching, there may be some dirty things like parents coming to insult teachers or stubborn pupils being rude to teachers and some others things like that.

Do you have such a nasty experience?

Yes, I remember when I was in Okuku (Osun State) Modern School in 1959, there were big boys in that school. As a teacher, I didn’t want to know whether there were some big boys or not. Once you committed an offence, you would be disciplined.

Some of my pupils came to meet me on the street one day and challenged me. They wanted to manhandle me but I dodged them. Again In 1976, when I was at Ire-Akari Grammar School, Ido Ani, Ondo State, a pupil cheated in the laboratory and I caned him and he fainted. It took some times to revive him. The boy and his relations were after me.

But luckily for me, I was transferred from the school to Igboegunrin, Ilaje. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I had remained there. Another harrowing experience I had as a teacher was when I was in the riverside of Igboegunrin town. There was no water. Anytime I came home, I would take kegs to fetch water to drink, bath and do some other things and the town is more than two hours journey from Ero.

At that time, the roads were bad and no bridge to connect the town to the other places. If one was travelling there, one would board a canoe on a big river. For those of us who were not from the area, we feared passing through water.

How would you compare teaching in those days with nowadays?

Teachers in those days were committed to work and the working atmosphere was conducive to learning. Government didn’t owe teachers salaries and people were dedicated. Then, I took myself as a committed teacher. I took teaching as my responsibility. But nowadays, teachers are not committed. I recall during my days that we organised extra lessons for some pupils after school hours. Anytime there was a strike, I would ask some of my pupils to remain in class in order to teach them. I remember the day members of the teachers’ union saw me in class teaching during strike and dragged me out. It was while I was at Idoani and Ede, Osun State.

How would you describe your youthful days?

I don’t like the way I spent my youthful days because I believed I wasted most of the days on social activities. The time I would have spent to read, I wasted on partying around. I loved dancing and I was popular in those days.

In 1961, one of my friends visited me at my place at Ikirun and slept over. I asked him where he was going after leaving my place and he said the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he just gained admission.

Before then, I never thought of going to the university. After he left, I sat down and thought about my life. That was the year I stopped wasting time on frivolities. I went into my library, dusted my books and told myself I ought to read. If my friend didn’t come to visit me, I wouldn’t see the reason why I had to further my studies.

When did you marry?

I married in September 1961 when I was a Grade 2 teacher. I went with my family to wherever I was transferred. Luckily for my family, my transfer was usually close to my town. My wife is a retired nurse and she sold medicine in order to assist me, particularly when I went to the university.

How did you meet your wife?

My wife started primary school in 1946. It was the year she started primary school that I saw her as a beautiful young girl. Since then, we had eyes on each other. She knew that I loved her and since then, we had been together as friends until we married in 1961. Her mother was a native of Ero while her father was from Ado-Akure – people that came from Benin to trade in Akure and later settled down there.

How did her parents react to your intention to marry their daughter?

They didn’t raise any objection. There was no resistance from them. I did what I could do. I paid her bride price and I took her away. We later married and have been living together peacefully since then.

What have you been doing in retirement?

I suffered because my gratuity was not paid for years, and it took a long time before they started paying my pensions. My retirement age is not a palatable one. Government is not treating retirees well. My pension from the Federal Government pension has not been paid since last year and the state government has also not paid me since the beginning of the year. If not for my children, I would have died of hunger and lack of care.

What is your advice to the Federal Government regarding the plight of retirees?

If the government can thoroughly supervise its officials in charge of the payment of pensions, it would discover where there are lapses. But unfortunately, our governments don’t think of the masses. There are many pensioners suffering.

What are your hobbies?

I like farming so much; it is age that took me out of farming. I also love table tennis.

What is your favourite food?

I love pounded yam with vegetable or egusi soup.

Are you still in touch with some of your childhood friends?

Many of them are dead. I don’t even have the contacts of those of them that are alive.

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