An Investigation on the Societal Perception of Teaching as a Profession and an Occupation in Kenya
Purdul, John N.
Mose, Robert Mokamba
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Teachers are an important asset and tool in the society. Teaching is therefore the core profession, the key agent of change in today’s knowledge society. Though they occupy the perceived bottom hierarchy in the society’s perception, teachers are highly organised and educated professionals. Teachers play a very crucial role in the human resource development in any country. The quality of all other professions depends on how well they have been prepared for their various roles in the society by the teachers. The teaching profession which was once respected is now considered an occupation of people who have failed to achieve success elsewhere. Many teachers are seeking greener pastures in other jobs outside the classroom. However, teaching as a profession and occupation is still revered by many parents. Teachers also play crucial roles in the society where they work. Many teachers have also engaged in further professional growth and development.