The Registrar/Chief Executive Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Olusegun Ajiboye made the disclosure in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Nigerian Government set to stop un-certified teachers next year, says Ajiboye
By Maxwell Adeleye
The Federal Government has said it will not allow any teacher without Professional Certificate of the Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) to teach beyond 2017.
This is part of the 3-years Ministerial Strategic Plan by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu which is designed to end unqualified teachers in Nigerian classrooms.
According to Professor Ajiboye, the Registration Council will put a stop to normal registration at the end of May 2017.
He hinted that the first professional qualifying Examination of TRCN will take place at the end of September, 2017 designed to fully professionalise teaching in Nigeria and ensure that only those qualified are employed by government for quality assurance.
The Registrar who noted that those who want to use the normal registration has till the end of May 2017 added 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 has registered about 1.6million teachers since he assumed office.
The professional qualifying examination, according to Ajiboye is 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 will 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. This is in line with the 3-year Ministerial strategic Plan education policy of the Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu”, he said.