The Federal Government has said that it will not allow any teacher without Professional Certificate of the Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) to teach beyond this year, 2017.
This is part of the 3-year Ministerial Strategic Plan by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, designed to phase out unqualified teachers in Nigerian classrooms.
Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Olusegun Ajiboye who made the disclosure in Ibadan on Tuesday said that the council would put a stop to normal registration at the end of May 2017.
Ajiboye hinted that the first professional qualifying Examination of TRCN will take place at the end of September, 2017 to fully professionalise teaching in Nigeria and ensure that only those qualified were employed by government for quality assurance.
He noted that those who wants to use the normal registration had till the end of May 2017, adding that the Buhari-led administration does not joke with teacher-professionalism.
Ajiboye who noted that teachers who register on or before May 31, 2017 will be exempted from the qualifying examinations, added that the Council had registered about 1.6million teachers since he assumed office.
The professional qualifying examination, according to Ajiboye was designed in modules comprising category A (PhD holders), B (Master degree holders), C (Bacherlor degree holders), and D (NCE holders).
Ajiboye, however, said the induction in higher institutions would continue, while the examination will be infused as part of the requirements of induction.
“By the end of 2017, Nigerian children will be taught by only qualified professional teachers who can deliver the quality education desirous for the elevation of our children and our country.
“Professionalism is the key for entering into the profession. Those who do not have what it takes cannot be trusted with the lives of our children.
“We are out to ensure a guaranteed future for our future leaders by ensuring that those who teach them are the best around. This will translate to higher performances and better value for professional teachers.
“The professional examination takes place by September ending and it is the first of its kind and we have structured it into modules of different categories”, he said