Nigeria confirms over 2 million certified teachers

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Nigerian government says it has successfully recorded over 2 million qualified and certified teachers.

Thw Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN said its deadline of December 31st, 2019, to end practices of unqualified persons in the classroom is not to sack anyone from their jobs but to sanitize the Nigerian education system.

The Registrar of the Council, Prof.Josiah Ajiboye made these known in Abuja while briefing Journalists on the activities of the council in the year under review.

Prof. Ajiboye stressed that the aim of the council is to increase Professionalism and to ensure that every Nigerian child gets best basic education.

He said: “The era of using teaching job as political patronage is over and as it is now Nigeria now have over 2 million registered qualified and certified teachers.”

“We only want to ensure that teaching is profession is no longer an all comers job,” Prof Ajiboye added. 

Prof Ajiboye stated that the council is gradually recovering the data base of qualified teachers in Nigeria following the introduction and the sustenance of the Professional Qualifying Examinations.

He suggested that the PQE be scheduled to hold quarterly every year to meet the yearnings of intending teachers as well as increase the numbers of qualified teachers in basic schools.

“The TRCN will continue to strengthen the PQE, the exam has weed out those who should not be in our classrooms and based on the upsurge in the numbers of candidates applying to sit for the exams now I will suggest that we hold the exam now quarterly, this will ease the administration of the examination.”

He disclosed that the council has successfully built Teachers career path policy so as to remove teachers from the normal scheme of service to a special scheme as well as prioritize their welfare.