TRCN insists on December 31 deadline for teachers’ registration

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye

The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye, has declared that the December 31, 2019 deadline set by the Council to rid the nation’s classrooms of unqualified teachers remains valid.

The TRCN boss who gave the reminder while speaking with reporters in Ibadan, revealed that the National Council of Education has set the deadline for all teachers in Nigerian classrooms to get registered, qualified and licensed by the TRCN.

The Federal Ministry of Education, FME, had on June 7, 2019 sent a circular to all school principals declaring December 31, 2019 as the deadline for unqualified teachers to leave Nigerian classrooms.

Prof. Ajiboye said Nigeria needs quality teachers to deliver quality education and not ‘cheaters’, adding that the ultimate goal is to remove quackery from the teaching profession in order to ensure that only those with required competencies give Nigerian children quality education.

He said, “You need quality teachers to deliver quality education. The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria’s mandate is to determine those who are teachers in terms of their qualifications and registration with the agency.”

He urged those yet to be registered to take the opportunity of the qualifying tests and get registered by the council before the deadline.

“There is still time to be registered. The window of opportunity is still open. Yes, we are not backing down on the December 31, 2019 deadline given by the National Council on Education for all teachers in Nigeria to get qualified, registered and licensed by the TRCN. The FME is supporting TRCN in every way possible to achieve this target.”

Ajiboye added that teacher professionalism has become very imperative through appropriate regulatory standards as prescribed by the teaching regulatory authority in the country.

Emmanuel Ukoh