Written by Godfrey AKON

TRCN: 400,000 register for teachers’ conference

No fewer than 400,000 teachers and education practitioners have registered for the maiden edition of National Conference of Registered Teachers.

The conference which is being conducted in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies, is scheduled to hold between 26 and 27 January 2021.

Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, who made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, said the theme is "Teaching and Learning in the Context of COVID-19 and other Emergencies; Implication for Teachers' Professional Development."

Ajiboye noted that the online conference would provide a platform for registered teachers to share experiences and learn from experts on how they were able to manage teaching and learning.

According to him, they will also acquire new knowledge and skills from the wide array of selected speakers who will speak on the theme and sub-themes of the conference.

While saying COVID-19 dealt a major blow on the education system, the TRCN boss said the conference which would be declared open by Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, would chart an effective safe teaching system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We place teaching profession on a higher pedestrian in the country. Since we came on board, we have brought physical changes to our operations as to the work we do and the position of teachers.

"Yesterday, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a bill on retirement age of teachers, increase in service year and other allied matters. The memo received an overwhelming support from members of the council.

“This shows that to get it right, we need to get it right with teachers.”

Ajiboye noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought challenges, saying that the teachers must be adequately equipped on how to cope with the challenges.

“About 1.6 million children globally were not able to go to school during the pandemic and about 62 million teachers all around the globe were also affected.

“We are trying to navigate how to go to school and we believe teachers need support and to be able to support their children in the pandemic and other emergencies.

"That is why at TRCN we conceptualise the idea of having a conference for the teachers whereby they will be taken through the nitty-gritty of the pedagogical knowledge and skills they will require to teach in pandemic situations and other emergencies.

"Presently close to 400,000 teachers and other educational practitioners all over Nigeria and even outside (the country) have so far registered for that conference," he said.



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