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AKSU plays host to TRCN Professional Exams ….as FG prepares to Sack Unregistered Teachers in 2019

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In line with her core mandate of regulating and controlling the Teaching Profession at all levels of the Nigerian Education system, the Headquarters of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) recently was in Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) to administer the annual Teacher’s Qualifying Examination (TQE). The 200 candidates that wrote the exams, were made up of graduating students from the Faculty of Education in AKSU as well as fellow graduating students from other tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom State.

The Professional exams is part of the requirements that is used to select those are adjudged qualified to be called “professional teachers”. The examination, which took the form of a Computer Based Test (CBT) lasted for 2 hours and was invigilated by the Dean of the Education Faculty (AKSU), AKSU staff and officials from the State and National Head office of TRCN.

What is TRCN?
Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN is an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria. It was established by the TRCN Decree N0. 31 of 1993 (now TRCN Act CAP T3 of 2004). The major mandates are the regulation and control of the Teaching Profession at all levels of the Nigerian Education system, both in the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile the Federal Government has declared that there will be no more room for unregistered or unqualified teachers in both public and private schools in Nigeria as from December 2019.

Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, dropped this hint in Ibadan while declaring open a three day workshop on “Training of the Trainers (ToT) capacity building” on implementation of professional standards for Nigerian teachers, organized by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), held at the University of Ibadan.

The Minister disclosed that all the necessary measures are now in place to stop the usage of unqualified and quack teachers both in public and private schools across the country.

Professor Anwuka said as far as the present administration in the country was concerned,  professionalism and quality in the teaching sector will continue to be the benchmark of the profession. 
The time is now to make sure that unregistered teachers or unqualified have no room in our schools again, paving way for our children to be trained by not by registered teachers in Nigeria. When we ensure quality in our schools, the private schools have no choice than to comply. Because we have little challenges here and there in our primary school sector forced most parents into patronizing alternatives being provided by private schools” saying ”the issue will sort itself out.

“Those who are running private schools should please get the signal in good time that the time is up. No more recruitment of unqualified teachers because they want to maximize their profits. That will not happen No more in this country. The oversight function of government will reach the private schools. This must be ensure that education at whatever level, private or public must meet the required and acceptable quality”, the Minister added.

The Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN), Professor Olusegun Ajiboye said “TRCN will leave no stone unturned, and that after succeeding in the area of professionalism of teachers profession, welfarism will be the next point on their agenda”. 
Teaching in Nigeria has become a profession as it has acquired such features that have to be protected and projected which have been clearly and precisely defined to include the minimum set of knowledge, skills, values, attitude, conduct, rights and privileges and obligations expected of qualified teachers referred to as professional standards.Teachers are dual professionals; they are subject and/or vocational specialists and experts in teaching and learning. They are committed to maintaining and developing their expertise in both aspects of their role to ensure the best outcomes for their learners

In his remarks,National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Micheal  Olukoya lauded the TRCN for its determination towards sanitizing the teaching profession, saying, the gesture was a welcome development which will rank Nigeria at par in practice as done all over the world.

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