The Nigerian Government has said that teachers who do not possess a professional certificate of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) will not be allowed to teach beyond 2017.
This was disclosed by the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Council, Professor Olusegun Ajiboye in Ibadan, Nigeria on Tuesday.
The decision is part of a three-year Ministerial Strategic Plan by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to get rid of unqualified teachers in Nigerian schools and to attempt to put an end to low scores from students.
Professor Ajiboye also hinted that the first professional qualifying examination of TRCN would hold at the end of September, 2017. This exam is to “fully professionalise” teaching and ensure that those qualified are employed and monitored by government for quality assurance.
Local news remarked that for those who want to use the normal registration are to act before the end of May 2017, further stating that around 1.6 million teachers are currently registered.
In a statement Ajiboye concluded, “By the end of 2017, Nigerian children will be taught by only qualified professional teachers who can deliver the quality education desirous for the elevation of our children and our country.”