African leaders urged to enact laws on teaching profession

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


The Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) has called on leaders of all African countries to enact laws to professionalise teaching.

This was part of resolutions contained in a communiqué of the 7th teaching and learning conference held in Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja.

The AFTRA also tasked that the law should provide for the establishment of a teaching regulatory authority.

The Regulatory authority also urged the African countries to adequately fund and promote Open and Distance Pre-service teacher education, invest in e-learning platforms.

As contained in the communique “strategic partners such as African Union, UNESCO, UNESCO-IICBA, Education International, should organize a continental dialogue to adopt minimum guidelines for the regulation and professionalization of teaching in Africa”

The Conference encouraged AFTRA and its strategic partners to develop, validate and implement a framework for teacher professional standards and code of ethics.

“AFTRA, partners and member countries should promote a shift in paradigm to re-structure curriculum to appreciate STEM education, skills and talents focusing on practical rather than theoretical learning in order for education to respond to the needs of societies in Africa.”

The AFTRA called for roundtable meeting of member countries’ Ministers of Education to endorse a continental framework for regulating and standardizing teacher education and recruitment.

The teacher regulatory authorities called on international partners to step up the sensitization of the people on the dangers and impact of terrorism on the quality of education.

AFTRA is a coalition of statutory organisations regulating teaching in African countries with headquarters in South Africa and Nigeria as well as offices in Zambia.

Membership includes national teaching regulatory agencies; teaching service commissions; education service commissions; universities; faculties, institutes and colleges of education; teachers unions; international development partners; and civil society organisations.

AFTRA is also the Africa Regional Branch of the International (World) Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities.

The 7th teaching and learning conference was held in Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja on 5th and 16th of May 2018 and it was hosted by the Teachers Registration Council Of Nigeria TRCN.