Only First Class, 2:1 Graduates Will Be Employed As Teachers, FG Says

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The Federal Government has said that only graduates with First Class and Second Class Upper grades will be employed as professional teachers from next year.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echonu who spoke during a monitoring exercise of the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) explained that the measure was part of the renewed efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools.

He noted that only the best will be employed as teachers, adding that a conversion programme will be organised for graduates with qualifications outside the education discipline.

Echone also said that teachers who are not qualified will be taken out of classrooms to make way for well qualified teachers.

He said, “With effect from next year, we will not admit or engage people as teachers if they don’t meet a particular threshold. We are now limiting entry to only the best.

“You must have a first class or 2:1 as minimum and if you have qualification in other subjects that is not in education, we will arrange for a conversion programme to be administered by NTI, TRCN and any university that has faculties of education or this programme because you also have to learn ways of communicating and managing students.

“We are migrating teachers who are not qualified or do not have the requisite qualifications, competency, not licensed or registered out of our classrooms to make way for qualified personnel because we want to achieve learning and teaching and learning occurs in our schools.”

Expected to participate in the Professional Qualifying Examination are no fewer than 17, 602 teachers from across 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He encouraged teachers who were yet to sit for the examinations to do so because the government will continue to conduct examinations for teachers through the TRCN.

On his part, the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of TRCN, Josiah Ajiboye revealed that Nigerians in diaspora now sit for the examination online.

“There are Nigerians in diaspora who before they can get any teaching position must show evidence they are professional teachers and that they are registered with their teaching regulatory authority before they left the country.

“To provide that evidence you need to write our exams because we cannot issue you the letter of professional standing without sitting for TRCN examination and so we have placed the examination online for Nigerians in the diaspora and the response has been very huge. We have Nigerians cutting across countries of the world now writing the examinations,” he said.

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