Tales Of Two Foreign Teachers In Hungary
Hungarian educators have brought several teachers from other nations to spend time teaching in their schools. Moni Oyeyele recently talked with an African teacher about his experiences in Hungarian schools. Haeekem Babalola, who has previously taught in Nigeria, is currently teaching at the Terezvarosi Bilingual Elementary School and Pedagogy Center. He noted, among the most significant differences is attitudes of teachers and students toward one another. “In Nigeria, teachers are meant to be second to God. They are the authority in the classroom and students are expected to obey and respect their teachers. ” He has found the concept of discipline to be quite different among Hungarian students. “At first, it was completely strange to me for the students to be chatting during the lesson. But, I have learned to deal with it.” Babaloloa has concluded being overly strict with Hungarian students can become counter productive and transform teachers into “witches.”
The Nigerian teacher pinpointed an interesting difference between education in the two cultures. He has discovered in Hungary many younger teachers try to keep in the good books of their students. The reverse is true in Nigeria where students try to get on the good side of teachers.
She also interviewed Paul Love who had previously taught in the UK but whose concept of Hungarian students was the reverse of the Nigerian educator. “In the UK, you don’t have the opportunity of developing such a close-and still respectful-relationship with students as you do here.” His view is students in the UK are more prone to “victimize the teacher” and teachers do not enjoy the respect accorded educators in Hungary. Love was particularly struck by greater opportunities in Hungary for field trips and freedom given teachers to make curriculum decisions. The good news is this empowers teachers to be in control of the curriculum and the bad news it prevents them from devoting more time for their academic specialty.
Love was particularly disappointed at the low level of pay for teachers in Hungary. “They are practically working for next to nothing, especially if you compare it with their Western colleagues.” The UK teacher found Hungary’s social life and sense of peace and security to be beneficial, but in the end, money may well determine his decision to leave.
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