The Nigerian government has reiterated that December 2019, is still the deadline to certify practicing and qualified individuals in the teaching profession.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono reiterated the deadline on Saturday in Abuja while monitoring the 2018 Professional Qualifying Examination PQE, conducted by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria ,TRCN.
Echono noted that despite existing shortfall, Nigeria now have an increased number of qualified teachers who have been trained and certified by the TRCN.
He applauded the large turn-out of would-be teachers who participated in the May first diet of the examination ,saying the council may introduce a third diet to accommodate the increasing numbers of candidates and following the December 2019 deadline.
“we are overwhelmed by the large turn out ,it is a good problem to have, it shows that we have many people coming for the PQE, if we will need to introduce third diet, we will do so, because the deadline is close and many people are now responding to take this exam,” the Permanent Secretary said.
Echono stated that the professional qualifying examination remains a major means of enforcing the policy of quality teaching and learning in all levels of the country’s education .
According to him, “one central mode of enforcing the policy of quality teaching and learning in all levels is the PQE because the teacher is at the centre of it all ,we recognize the historical challenge the country had,in the past we didn’t use to have enough teachers so auxiliary teachers ,adjourn teachers and all other people were engaged to fill in the gap ,today we are pleased to note that despite existing shortfall we now have a large crop of qualified people who have been trained and certified ”
He noted improvement in the conduct of the examination and expressed satisfaction in arrangements and situation reports received from other centers.
Categories of Teachers
The Registrar of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye ,said the Council , began the PQE by conducting the exams on calibrated basis thereby basing the exams on categories of teachers.
Ajiboye said 22,000 people applied for the examinations in 2018, giving additional 2000 increase to that of last year.
“We have 42 centres across the country,6000 candidates sat for PQE in Kaduna state,3600 wrote the exams in Enugu,2000 in Bauchi ,2000 in taraba state and all centers across the country ended the PQE this Saturday 9th. We had sixty questions to be answered within sixty minutes” he said.
Accommodating people with Disabilities
The TRCN Boss disclosed that plans are underway to fully accommodate people living with disabilities.
“TRCN is in discussion with the federal college of education Oyo to break our modules so that we can accommodate more people especially the people living with disabilities” Professor Ajiboye explained.
He also disclosed that there are about 4000 Arabic teachers who are requesting that the exams be set in Arabic language .
“We are also yet to transfer questions to Arabic language for about 4000 arabic teachers who are requesting for this,so far no exemption,” he added.
The Immediate past Registrar of the Council, Prof Addisson Wokocha applauded the initiative and said the professional qualifying examination would help ensure that teachers remain updated.