[Ibadan]–The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has announced the deadline for unregistered teachers in the country to obtain the professional teaching certificate from the council, threatening that any teacher who fails to register will be sacked.
This was disclosed in Ibadan last week by the TRCN’s Registrar/Chief Executive Officer Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye, who further revealed that the said policy is part of the three-year Ministerial Strategic Plan designed by Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu.
At the end of this year, Ajiboye said, TRCN will stop the existing system of registration of teachers which does not involve any examination.
He added that the newly introduced professional examination to be conducted by the TRCN shall take place for the first time at the end of September 2017.
Ajiboye listed the modules in the examination as Category A (PhD holders); Category B (Masters Degree holders); Category C (Bachelor’s degree holders) and Category D (NCE holders).
We support the introduction of this qualifying examination because that’s the only practical way through which holders of teaching qualifications could defend their claims of being trained and qualified teachers.
The TRCN Registrar however said teachers who registered on or before May 31, 2017 would be exempted from the professional qualifying examination.
He said the policy is designed to fully professionalize teaching in Nigeria and to ensure that only those qualified to teach are employed by government.
This is to guarantee quality assurance in the teaching process.
“Those who do not have what it takes to be a teacher cannot be trusted with the future of our children,” the professor said.
He said TRCN is out to ensure a guaranteed future for our future leaders by guaranteeing that those who teach them are the best of hands. Laudable as this policy is, its successful implementation, hinges on the extent to which government is prepared to tackle critical challenges that have for several years inhibited the actualization of teaching as a profession in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that TRCN was established in 1993 to among other statutory functions regulate and control the teaching profession.
It is also to maintain a register of qualified teachers.
TRCN is also empowered to prosecute unqualified teachers found to be illegally performing the job of teachers as such contravenes section 17(2) of the TRCN Act.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg