77,000 prospective teachers write qualifying examination
About 77,000 prospective teachers wrote the December diet of the Professional Qualification Examination (PQE) conducted by the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
This is the last PQE for the year just before the enforcement of the proposed eviction of unlicensed teachers from classrooms in January 2020.
The Federal Government had directed teachers to obtain the professional licence being issued by TRCN to retain their teaching appointments after January 2020.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who monitored the exercise at a centre in Abuja, admitted that the PQE has helped in sanitising the teaching profession, thus allowing only genuine and licensed teachers access to the classrooms.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Sonny Echono, hinted that the door would not completely be shut against those who were yet to get certified, even though the enforcement would commence January 2020, as initially planned.
He said: “The PQE will continue, except that this December diet is the last before the deadline as earlier declared by the Federal Government. From January 2020, we would commence the enforcement of eviction of unlicensed teachers from classrooms.
“We would consider providing another chance, perhaps, next year for them, so they can get the qualifications and if they are lucky, we would welcome them back.
“But they can choose to join other professions other than teaching if they do not get certified by TRCN. We have drawn the line at this point that unlicensed teachers are leaving our classrooms beginning from January.”
On his part, the TRCN registrar, Prof Josiah Ajiboye said the exercise was successful across locations except for Ekiti state where it was temporarily suspended due to some technical issues that were beyond the control of the council.
Ajiboye disclosed that Lagos State had the highest number of candidates, explaining that 8000 candidates wrote the examination at two centres. The TRCN boss said he was impressed with responses from the teachers regarding the professional qualifications since 2017 when the exercise started and assured them of full benefit thereof.
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