Sunday, August 14, 2022

FG Determined To Improve Teacher Quality And eliminate under-qualified teachers – TRCN Boss

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The Federal Government has expressed renewed commitment to improve on the quality of teachers in Nigeria while also ensuring that quacks and unqualified teachers have no place in the classrooms in Nigeria.

Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN) Professor Josiah Ajiboye, who stated this also, revealed that the council had approached the National Assembly for the review of the Act establishing the TRCN in order to strengthen its regulatory authority in the fight against quackery in the teaching profession.

Ajiboye, who spoke in Abuja as guest lecturer at the 24th annual seminar of the Nigerian Academy of Education with the theme: ‘Professionalisation of Teaching in Nigeria, Past, Present and Future,’ noted that the council needed more regulatory powers so as to eliminate quackery in the teaching profession in Nigeria.

He lamented acute shortage of teachers in some states of the federation, noting that some state governments have not employed teachers in the last 10 years.

He also observed that in some states where teachers were recruited, unqualified persons are engaged due to  “political patronage.”

He noted for instance that  “27 percent of teachers in the South West part of the country are not qualified, and if that is happening in the South West, you can imagine what is happening elsewhere.”

Ajiboye said  that “though the TRCN conducts the registration of teachers, it also performs other regulatory functions in terms of ensuring quality, monitoring and accreditation of programmes as well as organisation of training programmes for teachers.

“Part of the things we are looking forward to in the future is a change in the name of the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria to the Teachers’ Regulatory Council of Nigeria; it is still the same TRCN. The idea behind that is that when people hear ‘Teachers’ Registration Council, they usually think that the function of TRCN is limited only to registration of teachers.

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