Written by Godfrey AKON

9, 246 candidates fail teachers professional qualifying exam

v dir="auto">The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, says  9, 246 candidates who sat for the July 2020, Batch A, Teachers Professional Qualifying Exam failed to scale through.




Registrar/Chief Executive of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, while disclosing that the result of the PQE has been released, said 28,094, teachers passed the exercise.




Ajiboye stated thid during a thank you visit to his office by the executives of the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria, ECAN, in Abuja.




The TRCN boss  revealed that a total of 9, 246 candidates failed in the Batch A Professional Qualifying Exam.




According to him,  the exam witnessed the participation of teachers from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, adding that candidates from Kaduna and Rivers states also took part in the exercise after the required permits were secured from the state governments. 




 “On the whole, about 44,363 candidates registered for the examination but the total examined was 37,340 candidates. Due to the prevalence of Covid-19 and something like that, a large number of candidates could not move around or write the exam. 




“We have about 7,023 candidates that didn’t write the exam. Majority of these people have actually written the exam before and things like that. They have been noted and what we are going to do is to allow them to write the exam at the next available opportunity. 




“On the whole, 28,094 candidates passed the exam, which is 75.24 percent while a total of 9, 246 candidates failed, giving a percentage of 24.76 percent," he said.




The TRCN boss said the exam was introduced as a gate-keeping measure for the teaching profession.




“We can see that it is a fair result- 75.24 percent is not bad. Gradually we are beginning to see that the pre-service teachers are getting familiarised with the use of computers. Initially when we started the failure late was very high.




“The major reason we introduced the teacher qualifying exam is that we felt it is not possible for everybody to just walk in to the profession and just register like that (without writing an exam). There is no profession that does not have gate-keeping measures,” he said.




Earlier, the Chairman of ECAN, Mr Chuks Ukwuatu, said the association decided to pay the thank you visit to TRCN's registrar to express deep appreciation to the agency for sponsoring a capacity building workshop for ECAN a few weeks ago.




Ukwuatu assured the readiness of ECAN to always collaborate with TRCN to achieve its mandate.



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