1.8 million Nigerian teachers register with Council

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

About 1.8 million teachers have registered as Professional and qualified teachers with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN.

The Registrar of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye said that with the involvement of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, the council successfully distributed Teachers Bio-data forms to the 774 Local governments in Nigeria.

“The Bio-data will help to know the numbers of subject teachers and where they are located across the country and this will address the issue of dis-proportionate distribution of teachers” the Registrar said.

Professor Ajiboye made this known in Abuja while briefing journalists on the progress made in the last one year.

He identified the Re-introduction of Professional Qualifying Examination as the key progress and said that the examination which will now be Computer Based Test will be based on categories.

About 15,000 trained teachers would sit for the first re-introduced  Professional Qualifying Examination scheduled to hold on the 14th of October, in all state capital and the Federal Capital Territory.

More Trained Teachers Registered
Professor Ajiboye explained that before his assumption into office on the 2nd of August 2016, only 1.5 million teachers were registered with the council, saying that within the period of one year of his being in office, 295,000 more trained teachers registered with TRCN.

The  Council had in the last twelve months, dispatched 21 letters of Professional Standing to Nigerian teachers seeking teaching jobs abroad.

According to the Registrar, within the period under review, 24 letters of Professional Standing requests were made by Ontario College of Teachers, Canada, Teaching Councils of Australia, UK and the U.S.

“The letter is an article of faith and a Memorandum of Understanding Nigeria signs with other countries ,such agreement covers the anecdotal records, moral standing  and the educational background of the prospective applicant.

“With letters of Professional Standing, trained and qualified and duly registered teachers with the TRCN, teachers in Nigeria don’t need to go through or sit for exams again abroad before commencing their teaching profession,” Professor Ajiboye explained.

On accreditation and monitoring, he said that the council would by 2018 embark on active and strict monitoring to rid out quacks out of the teaching Profession.

“The mandate of TRCN covers both Private and public schools.

“The era of using unqualified teachers is gone with both private and public education providers,” the registrar stressed.

Professor Ajiboye added that the council  successfully conducted induction in 31 Teacher training institutions across 17 states  with 29,381 fresh teachers inducted.

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