17,141 Teachers Write Qualifying Exams Nationwide
By Kuni Tyessi
To further stem the tide in the recruitment of unqualified teachers nationwide, 17,141 teachers have sat for the Batch ‘A’ Teachers Professional Qualifying Examinations in all the 36 states of the federation including the federal capital territory.
The Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN) Prof. Josiah Ajiboye who disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja, said questions were the foundation of sociology and psychology of education, adding that there are emerging issues in the polity and every teacher is expected to know what is happening, especially in the education sector.
Represented by the Acting Director, Certification and Licensing, Dr. Jacinta Ametope- Ogboso, the registrar said the Council had a benchmark and was determined to work with its set target.
He said the case of teachers with special needs was an issue the Council was not treating with kid’s gloves, emphasizing that it has began to identify them and is engaging with institutions that are specialised in handling their cases of which one is the College of Education, Osun Special.
He said there were possibilities that some teachers might fail the exams and such occurrence doesn’t make them bad teachers but teachers who came for the exams unprepared, adding that opportunities will be given to such teachers to rewrite in future.
“In the batch ‘A’ 2021 teachers professional qualifying exams, we have a total number of 17,141 candidates who sat for the exams nationwide. There are a total of 42 centres end some states have two centres. We have a benchmark and the exam is taking place in all. Osun has the highest number of teachers sitting for the exams.
“The case of teachers with special needs is something we have started engaging. The Council has started the process and we’re beginning to identify with them. Already, we are discussing with institutions that are specialised in handling person’s with special needs and one of them is the College of Education, Osun special.
“You know what Covid- 19 has done to the country and the quantity of money that comes into our treasury has been grossly insufficient, however we are in it. We are not taking and treating the material lying low.
“We have started the implementation of the sacking of unqualified teachers from schools. We need to know how many are not registered and licensed. The challenge however is that schools have not been steady and majority of the teachers have also not been steady for us to go and find them. The real force is yet to come and this is because the nation is not yet balanced. So we’re waiting for things to change and then have it in an elaborate way, ” he said.