30,000 candidates sit for teacher qualifying exams
No fewer than 30,000 candidates across the country have sat for the May 2019 edition of Teachers Professional Qualifying Examinations organized by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN.
Registrar of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this, by January 2020, government will begin enforcement to purge unqualified teachers from the school system, adding that they may start from private schools as the TRCN mandate covers both public and private schools.
Ajiboye who gave a state-by-state breakdown of candidates in the May 2019 PQE, said Plateau State had 2,768 candidates, FCT 1,564, Katsina 1,433, Bauchi with two centres had 2,177 candidates, Adamawa 875, Lagos State 900 and Jigawa 1,409.
He noted that Sokoto had the lowest candidates with 185 participants and Zamfara State had 191, while Kaduna State had 3,258 with the highest candidates followed by Imo State with 2,132.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, who monitored the exercise in Abuja, said the federal government has floated a policy that will ensure all qualified teachers are employed to replace the unqualified by 2020.
Echono said government has tasked TRCN and the National Teachers Institute, NTI, to compile a data Base of qualified teachers and those that have written the professional exam and are unemployed for easy placement across the country.
According to him, the process will separate the qualified and certified teachers and make them available state by states.
“We are dead serious about implementing the policy; we are also working very hard to ensure that we are also ready. we are starting from individuals who are qualified and who do not have jobs to replace those people in few schools who are not qualified and are teaching around so that is the starting point for us”
“We have the task of ensuring that anybody who has been certified as a teacher should be employed we have no excuse for not addressing his huge dearth of qualified teachers so all those with TRCN PQE will be engaged to work and all those who do not have the certificate will be moved out of the system,” he said.