Malaysia, experienced teacher is called a Guru Cemerlang (an excellent teacher), while early career teachers are called gurus. In English, the word guru is usually connected with the Hindu context, where it means ‘imparter of knowledge’ – the word sounds respectful as it reflects the title given to spiritual teachers.
In Nigeria, the view of teachers is rather different. Yusuf et al. (2014, as cited in Olumeri, 2014) asserted that historically, teaching was seen as ‘noble’ and the ‘mother’ of all professions, whereas today, it is more often frequented by those who see it as a ‘spare time job’ while they await more lucrative offers of employment (p. 191