Written by Godfrey AKON

TRCN integrates teachers’ professional standards in NCE curriculum

The Teachers Registration Council, TRCN, has included the “professional standards for Nigerian Teachers” in the curriculum of colleges of education as a course of study at the NCE level.

TRCN, in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Ojewuyi Olumuyiwa, said the Registrar and Chief Executive of the agency, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, disclosed this recently at the review of Professional Standards for Nigeria Teachers in Abuja.

Ajiboye stated that the review of the document as part of the implementation of the National Teacher Policy and the Target 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals was aimed at achieving a sustainable quality education system nationwide.

According to him, the Professional Standards for Nigerian Teachers encapsulate what a professional must know and put into practice as well as the core values, ideals and conduct of that the professional teacher must exhibit.

“The Professional Standards covered four major themes which include Professional Knowledge, Professional skills, Professional values, attitudes and conduct; and the Professional membership obligation,” he said.

The four themes, he added, had been broken down into 36 sub-themes and then into 84 standards for review.

Ajiboye informed participants that the teachers’ standards as one of the key dimensions that are considered crucial to any education policy, and considering the fact that since 2010/2011 the document was developed and presented to the public, emerging issues may have arisen were the basic factors that compelled the review.

“It is in view of this as a national benchmark document that TRCN has selected distinguished experts from the education agencies; critical stakeholders, teacher education institutions and International Development Partners to carry out the review,” he said.

Also speaking, Prof Adamu Baikei, the Chairman, TRCN Governing Council, encouraged the TRCN boss never to ‘relent on his oars as more grounds are to be covered, while stating that the decision to review the Professional Standards for Nigerian Teachers was a move in the right direction because it was coming after 10 years of the first edition of the document.

 

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