If you’re a teacher, student teacher, aspiring teacher or school administrator and you haven’t read this book, then, you still have a long way to go as far as teaching profession is concerned! Remember, no matter how long you live on the surface of the Earth, you will never be able to make all the mistakes in life for you to learn from your mistakes. It is not possible. You have to learn from the mistakes of others too. You have to learn from the experience of others.
Below is part of chapter 8 of the book. Enjoy it:
WITCH-HUNT IN SCHOOLS
Witch-hunt here is simply an attempt by a senior staff to find and punish a junior staff perceived as a threat. This is usually carried out by power drunk senior staff against innocent junior staff out of things like envy, jealousy, inferiority complex, difference of opinion and hatred.
Witch-hunt is real. It exists virtually in every organisation. In Nigeria, it is common in private schools than public schools. Some of the punishments usually suffered by the innocent victims of witch-hunt include: sack, demotion, stagnation of position, stagnation of salary, bullying, etc.
From experience, most of the power-drunk staff who are after the downfall of innocent junior staff always succeed in their evil plans in that organisation especially in areas like some parts of Nigeria. Some of them even foolishly go diabolical to achieve their aims. Ironically, their evil plots most of the time, open new and better opportunities for their victims elsewhere.
Nature has a way of revealing the truth. The most unfortunate aspect of it is that the damage would have been done to the victim(s) before the truth is revealed. Evil doers would never go unpunished. It’s a natural law. Some call it “Karma”. The power-drunk staff who are always after the downfall of their junior staff would always eventually reap what they sow. It’s just a matter of time!
If you’re in a school and you’re sure there is a witch-hunt or grand conspiracy to send you out the school, it is very important you prepare for the worst. If you don’t prepare and the enemies’ grand conspiracy catches you unprepared, the consequence might be very severe. Some of the things you can do are as follows:
1. Be prayerful
2. Have plan B. Try and plan ahead for what to fall back on when
you’re sacked. If you’re eventually sacked or forced to
resign, you won’t be caught unaware.
3. Be diplomatic as much as possible with the person(s) planning
your downfall. For as long as you’re still under them, greet
them, relate with them well, run errands for them; obey their
normal official directives. Perhaps, God may touch their
hearts through your diplomacy.
4. Report all acts of witch-hunt against you to higher superior
officers like director(s), school owner(s), etc. Don’t keep
them to yourself. Perhaps, solution may come from there.
5. Do all your work diligently. Try in as much as possible to
avoid being found wanting in any area.
6. Fighting back your boss who wants your downfall at all cost
might be difficult. Weigh the options carefully if you have
to fight back. I don’t mean physical combat here.
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