Nigerian defends teaching in China amidst criticism

A NIGERIAN school teacher and filmmaker, Bello Habeeb Galadanchi, has responded to criticism for choosing to teach children in China instead of his home country.

In response to the criticism, Galadanchi, who holds a PhD in Comparative English, on Thursday, June 8, defended his decision by shedding light on the favourable work conditions teachers have in China.

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As if to demonstrate the level of value and recognition that teachers receive in China, Galadanchi shared the photo of a shopping card which he claimed was distributed to all teachers in his school.

He explained that the card belonged to the second-largest retail app in China and was given as a gesture of appreciation from the school’s Human Resources office.

“I’ve received a lot of criticism for teaching primary school kids in China, instead of Nigeria. Out of the blue, our HR office gave out these cards (2nd biggest retail app in China) to all teachers yesterday just to show appreciation. You can only imagine what our salaries are,” he tweeted.

Retail App Gift Card

One twitter user, @ManhasnoHandle reacted by saying: “Even though I’d what ur reasons are for doing what you do I was expecting an answer that’s deeper than ‘The Pay is better’.”

Galadanchi suggested that the comments made by his critics lacked depth and failed to acknowledge the comprehensive support provided to teachers in China.

He wrote: “Please don’t go around Nigeria telling people that ‘The Pay is better’ is not deep. Also, my answer is implied, if you read it well, it means ‘we are well taken care of’. On the other hand, your comment is shallow”.

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