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Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 2:05am On Jul 06, 2012
I am an educationist and a vice principal in a private (nur, pry&high) sch. The sch is based in ogun state while the proprietress is based in the united kingdom. As a matter of fact, the sch headteacher, principal&myself have been the one directing the affairs of the sch. Although being the head both are well paid and get sum cash frm other sources within the sch while am being paid N17,000 per month (teachers' basic salary). Aside taking up most of the duties for the sch principal, i teach Business studies J.s.1-3, Fin. Acct & Office practise S.S1-3.
My major concerns are overlabouring and being underpaid. After most teachers might have left the sch, d sch principal&i usually stay back doing some paper work most esp during resumption/ few weeks to&after exam period.
Jst as i finished writing my resignation letter, i decided to post this and hear your view if my decision is right or wrong. Meanwhile, i have a fish farm which i'm doing on a part-time but now planning to go on full-time. Pls your advice.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by Murphy7h4: 2:30am On Jul 06, 2012
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by Zi: 8:05am On Jul 06, 2012
1st, I don't think you should resign from your present job. The reason is that you need that basic salary to grow more capital for your fish farm. Yeah, we always need more!
I suggest that u apply to be a regular teacher, so that you will have more time for your farm. Except the fish farm is already too large that you cannot effectively combine the two.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 3:14pm On Jul 12, 2012
Zi: 1st, I don't think you should resign from your present job. The reason is that you need that basic salary to grow more capital for your fish farm. Yeah, we always need more!
I suggest that u apply to be a regular teacher, so that you will have more time for your farm. Except the fish farm is already too large that you cannot effectively combine the two.

I beg to disagree. Firstly, if you apply to be a regular teacher, I bet your application will be denied on the grounds that you are already an efficient staff and any sensible employer wouldn't want less from you in terms θf what you are putting in. At best, they may want to reduce your salary.

I think you should ask for a salary review and if not granted go ahead and quit your job! I am speaking from experience, it took my leaving a job for my boss to realise my worth and I was called back and offered the same salary that she complained was too much! At times, especially in situations like this, a courageous step is all you need to rock the boat.

Cheers.

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Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 6:38pm On Jul 12, 2012
@Zi, i apprct ur point of view but i dont think reviewing my appointment as a regular teacher in same sch can solve anything. If i shld do dat, it wud hv a severe effect on my resumé, my salary wil be reduced & i wil stil end up doing same job when d need arise.
@spicy v, ur post shows u've had same experience.
Febuary last year i had one on one talk with the sch proprietress like mother & son on this same issue when i was stil the headteacher for pry section, the reply was she wil think about it. 2months later, my appointment was reviewed as the sch VP with no monetry motivation attached to it. Now d workload is somuch dat i can't bear it any longer than to resign.
I hv not tendered my resignatn letter though.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 6:53pm On Jul 12, 2012
emi ni: @Zi, i apprct ur point of view but i dont think reviewing my appointment as a regular teacher in same sch can solve anything. If i shld do dat, it wud hv a severe effect on my resumé, my salary wil be reduced & i wil stil end up doing same job when d need arise.
@spicy v, ur post shows u've had same experience.
Febuary last year i had one on one talk with the sch proprietress like mother & son on this same issue when i was stil the headteacher for pry section, the reply was she wil think about it. 2months later, my appointment was reviewed as the sch VP with no monetry motivation attached to it. Now d workload is somuch dat i can't bear it any longer than to resign.
I hv not tendered my resignatn letter though.

My dear, you are clearly being used! I am excited though that your field is one in which so many opportunities abound. You need to be on the look out, I have no regard for employers who undervalue their staff and staff who act like their employers are doing them a favor by offering them a job! Your services are relevant and until you have that mentality you will keep settling for less.

Yes some might say there are many applicants waiting to take your job but I dare say there are only but a few skilled, experienced, efficient and deligent workers out there whom employers are longing to pay! So darlyn brave it up! Be on the look out as opportunities abound!

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Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by Nobody: 7:11pm On Jul 12, 2012
dude, i'm gon speak to you like a man. Quit that damn job! How can you be collecting 17k per month?!wtf are you saving? How you go let one woman for UK dey use your head like dis? Na bondage job be dat abeg, and until you quit the damn tin no better parole may come. No time.

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Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 8:40pm On Jul 12, 2012
Boboyekinni & specy v, thanks 4 ur sincere comments. U guys jst nailed my point. I knew hv been used but i was also patient to gather years of experience in the area of sch planning& administration, whch i think prospective employer must pay for. Now i got what i needed and must take a bolder step to put an end to this if i really desire to move forward wt my career.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 8:57pm On Jul 12, 2012
emi ni: Boboyekinni & specy v, thanks 4 ur sincere comments. U guys jst nailed my point. I knew hv been used but i was also patient to gather years of experience in the area of sch planning& administration, whch i think prospective employer must pay for. Now i got what i needed and must take a bolder step to put an end to this if i really desire to move forward wt my career.

I am excited for you bro and wish you the best. Please bear in mind that life only bows to those who are courageous enough to confront uncertainties and audacious enough to pursue success.
Cheers.

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Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 10:14pm On Jul 12, 2012
Thank u spicy v.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by violent(m): 12:21am On Jul 13, 2012
I unnerved a few of my friends the other day when i remarked that there aren't any hopes that the future of this country can still be salvaged from the mess my generation and my father's, have made of it. This thread further contributes to the strength my argument.

Words couldn't possibly describe what my initial reaction to OP's post was: Probably best described as a sequence of disbelief, skeptical, appalled and horrified (and in that order.) What sort of country pays it's teachers a basic salary of 104 dollars to teach the next generation of scholars? shocked

The future of this country cannot hold, you simply can't by quality for cheap!!!! I have mentioned in one thread before, and i will do so here again: Woe betide whoever is spending funds that ought to be rightly spent on education in this country on holidays abroad and new houses in Maitama.


@OP. Sorry that all my rant isn't probably what you needed at this point, i was probably a little out of touch to be jolted back to reality by your thread. I have often encouraged people to learn to draw a line on just how much they or their service is worth and to learn not to sell below this line!....I'm not in a position to judge whoever is paying you 17 grand a month. His or her ability to afford your services will depend on how much he or she is making as profit at the end of the day. You, sir, however, have options and if i were you, i know what i will be choosing. Unless if of course, you are a staunch believer of the hugely sold crap about teachers rewards being in heaven.

Here's what i will do if at the end of the day if i couldn't get an academic job that pays a lot more than this: I will channel my efforts into my fish farm. I will build networks with anyone that can afford to at least buy a fish (and for those who can't, they probably have families and friends who can). I will seek to expand my sales and market dominance within local market and among retailers on a strict cash and carry basis. I will begin building my contacts by speaking to the parents and guardians of my student/pupils. Once I've had a strong base of loyal costumers, i will resign my current low paying job to focus more on my fish farm. Lastly, I will raise my kids never to give anything to this country and to take from it everything!!

But then, that's just me.

Note that this assumes that you have a strong knowledge of fish farming and a great personality to build networks. If in the case you don't have a strong knowledge of fish farming, the word fish in the preceding paragraph could be replaced with anything from cassava to cow milk.

Goodluck and all the best.

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Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 9:08am On Jul 13, 2012
@violent, thanks for that piece of advice.
As matter of fact, I have already established my fish farm since last year because i have long foreseen the situation of things. I have built a reasonable customer base. The market is very large to the point of making referrals to other fish farmers when there is no stock and customers are calling for supply. Like i mentioned earlier, i do it on part-time (have been off and on) due to my work schedule. My current plan is to resign and go into the business full-time. Once more, thanks a lot to you guys. Your comments have been a source of strengthening-aids.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 6:06pm On Jul 13, 2012
violent: I unnerved a few of my friends the other day when i remarked that there aren't any hopes that the future of this country can still be salvaged from the mess my generation and my father's, have made of it. This thread further contributes to the strength my argument.

Words couldn't possibly describe what my initial reaction to OP's post was: Probably best described as a sequence of disbelief, skeptical, appalled and horrified (and in that order.) What sort of country pays it's teachers a basic salary of 104 dollars to teach the next generation of scholars? shocked

The future of this country cannot hold, you simply can't by quality for cheap!!!! I have mentioned in one thread before, and i will do so here again: Woe betide whoever is spending funds that ought to be rightly spent on education in this country on holidays abroad and new houses in Maitama.


@OP. Sorry that all my rant isn't probably what you needed at this point, i was probably a little out of touch to be jolted back to reality by your thread. I have often encouraged people to learn to draw a line on just how much they or their service is worth and to learn not to sell below this line!....I'm not in a position to judge whoever is paying you 17 grand a month. His or her ability to afford your services will depend on how much he or she is making as profit at the end of the day. You, sir, however, have options and if i were you, i know what i will be choosing. Unless if of course, you are a staunch believer of the hugely sold crap about teachers rewards being in heaven.

Here's what i will do if at the end of the day if i couldn't get an academic job that pays a lot more than this: I will channel my efforts into my fish farm. I will build networks with anyone that can afford to at least buy a fish (and for those who can't, they probably have families and friends who can). I will seek to expand my sales and market dominance within local market and among retailers on a strict cash and carry basis. I will begin building my contacts by speaking to the parents and guardians of my student/pupils. Once I've had a strong base of loyal costumers, i will resign my current low paying job to focus more on my fish farm. Lastly, I will raise my kids never to give anything to this country and to take from it everything!!

But then, that's just me.

Note that this assumes that you have a strong knowledge of fish farming and a great personality to build networks. If in the case you don't have a strong knowledge of fish farming, the word fish in the preceding paragraph could be replaced with anything from cassava to cow milk.

Goodluck and all the best.


Once again Violent... I am impressed with your logic as always.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by yemmyma: 7:52pm On Jul 13, 2012
violent: I unnerved a few of my friends the other day when i remarked that there aren't any hopes that the future of this country can still be salvaged from the mess my generation and my father's, have made of it. This thread further contributes to the strength my argument.

Words couldn't possibly describe what my initial reaction to OP's post was: Probably best described as a sequence of disbelief, skeptical, appalled and horrified (and in that order.) What sort of country pays it's teachers a basic salary of 104 dollars to teach the next generation of scholars? shocked

The future of this country cannot hold, you simply can't by quality for cheap!!!! I have mentioned in one thread before, and i will do so here again: Woe betide whoever is spending funds that ought to be rightly spent on education in this country on holidays abroad and new houses in Maitama.


@OP. Sorry that all my rant isn't probably what you needed at this point, i was probably a little out of touch to be jolted back to reality by your thread. I have often encouraged people to learn to draw a line on just how much they or their service is worth and to learn not to sell below this line!....I'm not in a position to judge whoever is paying you 17 grand a month. His or her ability to afford your services will depend on how much he or she is making as profit at the end of the day. You, sir, however, have options and if i were you, i know what i will be choosing. Unless if of course, you are a staunch believer of the hugely sold crap about teachers rewards being in heaven.

Here's what i will do if at the end of the day if i couldn't get an academic job that pays a lot more than this: I will channel my efforts into my fish farm. I will build networks with anyone that can afford to at least buy a fish (and for those who can't, they probably have families and friends who can). I will seek to expand my sales and market dominance within local market and among retailers on a strict cash and carry basis. I will begin building my contacts by speaking to the parents and guardians of my student/pupils. Once I've had a strong base of loyal costumers, i will resign my current low paying job to focus more on my fish farm. Lastly, I will raise my kids never to give anything to this country and to take from it everything!!

But then, that's just me.

Note that this assumes that you have a strong knowledge of fish farming and a great personality to build networks. If in the case you don't have a strong knowledge of fish farming, the word fish in the preceding paragraph could be replaced with anything from cassava to cow milk.

Goodluck and all the best.


I agree with most of your comments. But one question is, how can he raise his children not to give anything to their country? Just send them abroad? or politically abuse the country like we have right now?
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 8:17pm On Jul 13, 2012
yemmy_ma:

I agree with most of your comments. But one question is, how can he raise his children not to give anything to their country? Just send them abroad? or politically abuse the country like we have right now?

Interesting question I must say. One θf my most respected mentors will always say, " always give back to the system that you receive from". Perhaps Violent doesn't consider Nigeria to be a system that offers anything θf worth hence the advice. Lol.

@ Yemmy: are you the HR guru?
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by yemmyma: 8:52pm On Jul 13, 2012
spicy v:

Interesting question I must say. One θf my most respected mentors will always say, " always give back to the system that you receive from". Perhaps Violent doesn't consider Nigeria to be a system that offers anything θf worth hence the advice. Lol.

@ Yemmy: are you the HR guru?

No i am not, it just occurred to me how he expects him (OP) to do that.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 12:17am On Jul 14, 2012
yemmy_ma:

No i am not, it just occurred to me how he expects him (OP) to do that.

My question wasn't in relation to your post. There is another Yemmy on NL, he is a HR specialist I think, hence the question.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by violent(m): 7:40am On Jul 14, 2012
emi ni: @violent, thanks for that piece of advice.
As matter of fact, I have already established my fish farm since last year because i have long foreseen the situation of things. I have built a reasonable customer base. The market is very large to the point of making referrals to other fish farmers when there is no stock and customers are calling for supply. Like i mentioned earlier, i do it on part-time (have been off and on) due to my work schedule. My current plan is to resign and go into the business full-time. Once more, thanks a lot to you guys. Your comments have been a source of strengthening-aids.

Goodluck man!

spicy v:

Once again Violent... I am impressed with your logic as always.


Thanks Spicy, i'm much flattered to have been noticed in the first place.


yemmy_ma:

I agree with most of your comments. But one question is, how can he raise his children not to give anything to their country? Just send them abroad? or politically abuse the country like we have right now?


I guess that part of the long junk i typed up there was borne out of the temporary shock i felt that senior academic figures are being paid such ridiculous amount, than anything of common sense. The logic in not giving back anything to you country could be as mundane as not taking part in any charitable works to something as serious as not paying your taxes.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by bigx(m): 10:30pm On Jul 15, 2012
17k in 2012? That's totally unfair if u ask me. I pay minimum of 20k and that's to unskilled staff not someone with your qualifications,
For those saying 17,000 (600 naira a day) would add up to your capital, have they taught of how much more you can improve your business with the time you would free up?
Go in full time, Make your money, and invest/diversify, that salary is pure slavery In my opinion

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Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 10:41pm On Jul 15, 2012
bigx: 17k in 2012? That's totally unfair if u ask me. I pay minimum of 20k and that's to unskilled staff not someone with your qualifications,
For those saying 17,000 (600 naira a day) would add up to your capital, have they taught of how much more you can "IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE TIME YOU WOULD FREE UP"?
Go in full time, Make your money, and "INVEST/DIVERSIFY", that salary is pure slavery In my opinion

thanks a lot!
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by skillip(m): 8:23am On Jul 19, 2012
@ Op, I would advise you to go into private coaching part time, say after school hours you can speak with parents of some of the kids, at 5k per child if you have 4 children that's 20k, at least you have some level of experience. You can then run your fish farm as a day time job. My opinion. Thanks
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by spicyv1(f): 10:47am On Jul 19, 2012
skillip: @ Op, I would advise you to go into private coaching part time, say after school hours you can speak with parents of some of the kids, at 5k per child if you have 4 children that's 20k, at least you have some level of experience. You can then run your fish farm as a day time job. My opinion. Thanks

Woow great suggestion! Nothing like multiple streams θf income!!! @ op:what thinketh thou?
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by AjanleKoko: 2:44pm On Jul 19, 2012
@OP,
You can resign, so long as you have something else you want to do.
17k is not much, you'd prolly use it all on transport. I'm pretty sure you can get that much by doing private tutoring, while running your fish farming business on the side.

Cheers.
Re: Am I Making The Right Decision? by emini1: 6:20am On Jul 21, 2012
@spicy v, i think what skillip n ajanlekoko suggested make some sense. I wil meet with some of these parents and converse with them before leaving the sch because they already have lesson teachers for their wards. Thank u guyz

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