Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof Segun Ajiboye, has said that the Federal Government will no longer consider teachers that are not registered with the council for employment.
While clarifying the position of the council and the Ministry of Education on the fate of serving teachers who have not registered with the council, Ajiboye said there was opportunity for all serving and non-serving teachers to do so, saying that those who did so before May 31, 2017 would be exempted from the qualifying examination. He added that after the period elapsed, new candidates would have to take the examination.
He said the step was designed to forestall pupils being taught by half-baked teachers and to set apart quack teachers from professionals during recruitment.
He said, “The teacher is central to the teaching and learning context as no nation can rise above the quality of its education, the same way no education can rise above the quality of its teachers. Teachers are nation builders. Nobody prays that a bad doctor operates on him or her. Nobody wants a bad engineer to build or supervise their houses. All these start with the teacher. Professionalism in teaching has become a task that must be done.
“By the end of 2017, Nigerian children will be taught by only qualified professional teachers who can deliver the quality education for the elevation of our children and our country. Those who do not have what it takes cannot be trusted with the lives of our children. We are out to ensure a guaranteed future for our future leaders by ensuring that those who teach them are the best around.”
According to Ajiboye, the policy will translate to higher performances and a better value for professional teachers in the country, adding that examination would hold by the end of September 2017.
“It is the first of its kind and we have structured it into modules of different categories. This is in line with the three-year ministerial strategic plan education policy of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu,” Ajiboye said.
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