FG to weed out quack teachers from 2020
The Federal Government has warned all teachers in the country to comply with the December 31, 2019 deadline to register and get certification from the Teachers' Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, as it will commence monitoring of compliance by January 2020 to weed out unregistered teachers from the system.
Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, told journalists in Abuja, over the weekend, that the December 31, 2019 deadline remains sacrosanct for all teachers in the country to register and get certification.
Ajiboye recalled that the December deadline was set by the National Council on Education, NCE, in 2016 so the TRCN can be able to eliminate quackery from the teaching profession in the country.
"I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to start our monitoring for compliance effective from January 2020.
"The aim as some people think is not to sack people. I have received messages from people that you want to sack but I said no. The aim is to sanitise our education system to make sure that quackery is removed from the system.
"Deadline was set at that time and certain things were put in place, especially for those who were not qualified; because the fear was about those who were not qualified, to be able to correct their deficiencies.
“The NCE also approved for TRCN to run in institutions, what they called professional diploma in education, for those who were not qualified to enrol for either the PGDE or PDE to balance their degrees in cognate areas," he said.
The TRCN boss disclosed that so far the Council has successfully registered over 2 million teachers while about 1.8 of them were captured in a clean databank after the initial database of the Council crashed some time ago.
He said a Teacher's Information System, TIS, has been created containing the names and details of all the teachers so far registered by the Council.
Ajiboye warned that the era of using teaching job as political patronage was over, emphasizing that all those who are not qualify to teach in the nation's schools would be weeded out, adding that long number of years have been given for the unqualified teachers to remedy their deficiencies.
He noted that the teaching profession has ceased to be all-comers affairs, pointing out that in the time past when people have nothing else to do, they are compelled to manage teaching, a development he said would no longer continue.
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