The federal government has given teachers in the country, until December 2019 to work towards registering and obtaining the professional certificate of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN or face being sacked
The permanent secretary of the ministry of Education, Arch Sonny Echono made this announcement during the computer based Professional Qualifying Examination for 22,000 teachers, organised by the TRCN over the weekend.
He also stated that the government was trying its best to make sure that qualified teachers are those who are in classroom teaching the country’s future leaders.
Also speaking, the Registrar of the Council, Prof Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, stated that the Council is working towards carrying every teachers, especially the visually impaired along.
“Candidates with special needs have come to us. Presently, what we do is to register them. We are in discussion with the Federal College of Education, (Special), Oyo to enable them to developed our modules in braille. That is what we are planning to do,” he said.
He added that the Council was in talks with some institutions in order to translate its modules and questions to Arabic so that teachers who were trained in Arabic can participate in the exam.
“With regards to Arabic teachers, that is teachers who were purely trained in Arabic. They were not trained in English language. We are in discussion with some institutions who can help us, look at our questions and modules and translate them to Arabic language. When we are able to do this, we will be able to meet these two categories of teachers. We are doing this so as to bring in more teachers on board,” he said.
Also speaking, former TRCN Registrar, Prof Allison Nwaokocha while commending the Council for upgrading the exam, urged teachers to continue to upgrade themselves through trainings, so as to be always updated in their areas of specialisation.
“The first exam, everybody from PHD to NCE wrote the same exam but now, they are writing different papers. That’s an improvement,” he said.