Written by Godfrey AKON

TRCN registration: public schools record 80% compliance

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, has said 80 per cent of public primary and secondary school teachers have complied with the teachers Professional Qualifying Examination, PQE.     

Registrar of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, said the major issue now is with the private schools, adding that the mandate of TRCN covers both private and public schools.

Ajiboye also revealed that about 30,000 would be teachers intends to write the computer-based examination in 50 centres across the nation.

He said the council is set to hold the May diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination, PQE, for teachers nationwide between June 7 and 8.

“About 30,000 would-be teachers across the states of the federation and the FCT have registered for the examination.

“The examination would hold between June 7 and 8th in all the states of the federation and the FCT. In states like Bauchi, Kaduna and Kano the examination will begin on Friday, June 7 because of the large number of candidates.

“Our technical officers are being prepared and have been trained in preparation for the examination.

“The examination, was supposed to hold in May, but was shifted from 25th of May to 26 because of the National Environmental Sanitation Exercise,” he said.

The TRCN boss said the Professional Qualifying Examination had become one of the benchmark processes for registering professional teachers in Nigeria.

According to him, the PQE was introduced in October 2017 and the May 2019 diet was the fourth in the series.

“Yes, it has provided a big experience for us because when we started, many people who took the exam were not computer literate, and that accounted for the large number of failure in the first exam in 2017.

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