More than 70,000 candidates to write teachers professional exams

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN says a total number of 77,827 candidates have registered for the Council’s December Diet Professional Qualifications Examinations, PQE.

The Registrar of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye made this known in Abuja during a Media Briefing on the Special PQE across Nigeria.

Professor Ajiboye who said that the council recorded an upsurge in the numbers of candidates registering for the exams hinted that the government will not shift the 31st of December Deadline to end quackery in Nigerian teaching profession.

According to him, “the 31st December Deadline was given by the National Council on Education and it was reaffirmed in Kano, Port-Harcourt and Abuja, it was re-emphasized, we are standing by the deadline of December 31st to end quackery in the teaching profession in Nigeria.”

Professor Ajiboye stated that a total number of 47 Computer Based Test Centres would be put into use for the personalised teacher’s exams.

According to him, “Lagos State recorded highest numbers of candidates with a total number of 8,223 and Oyo State 5,599 while Sokoto State has the least with only 360 candidates”

The TRCN Registrar disclosed that Commissioners of Education will be on the field to monitor the examinations as well as members of it’s Governing Council.

He further stated that technical staff from the council and other supporting officials to invigilate the exams across the country have been deployed to the States.

The TRCN Registrar stated that private schools constitute the largest number of candidates.

“The private schools register more candidates to show that the teachers of the private schools are responding more.”

Prof. Ajiboye added that the council recorded 80 percent pass in the October 2019 PQ Examinations.

He identified technology as major challenge teachers confronted at the early stage of the PQE, Ajiboye added that with computer appreciation support from the Nigerian Union of Teachers to it members, the teachers performances have improved.

“The monitoring will cover both public and private schools based on the mandate of the council.”

The December PQE Special exams began Dec 5th in 10 states and continues on Friday 6th and ends on Saturday 7th of December 2019.

Meanwhile, the registrar emphasized that for all who would register for the exams before December 31st, consideration will be given to them when the deadline elapse.