By David Olalekan.
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has warned all teachers in the country to get registered, qualified and licensed by the body before the December 31, 2019 deadline.
The move, according to the council, is predicted on the ultimate goal to remove quackery from the teaching profession in order to ensure that only those with required competencies give Nigerian children quality education.
The TRCN, through its Registrar, Professor Segun Ajiboye, reiterated the council’s stance on enforcing compliance with the deadline by flushing out unqualified teachers, whom he referred to as ‘cheaters’ from Nigerian classrooms.
Prof. Ajiboye, stated this in Ibadan, yesterday, when addressing newsmen, as he further enjoined those yet to be registered to avail themselves of the qualifying tests and get registered by the council before the deadline.
“You need quality teachers to deliver quality education. The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria’s mandate is to determine those who are teachers in terms of their qualifications and registration with the agency.
“Globally teacher professionalism has become very imperative through appropriate regulatory standards as prescribed by the teaching regulatory authority in the country. There is still time to be registered.
“The window opportunity is still open. Yes we are not backing down on the December 31, 2019 deadline given by the National Council on Education for all teachers in Nigeria to get qualified, registered and licensed by the TRCN.
“The FME is supporting TRCN in every way possible to achieve this target”, Prof. Ajiboye said.
The Federal Ministry of Education, had on June 7, 2019 issued a Circular to all Principals on the December 31, deadline for unqualified teachers to leave Nigerians classrooms.