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No more unqualified teachers in 5 years

09 March 2013, 08:36

Kaduna - The Registrar, Teachers' Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Addison-Mark Wokocha on Friday said that the problem of quacks and unqualified teachers in the country would be tackled within the next five years.

Wokocha made said this during the closing ceremony of the two-week training programme for science and mathematics teachers organised by the National Teachers's Institute (NTI), in Kaduna.

He said that the continued engagement of unqualified teachers had impacted negatively on the education sector and needed to be addressed urgently.

The registrar, represented by the TRC Director of Professional Operations, Dr. Steven Nwokeocha, said the council had adopted measures to ensure that only licenced teachers were allowed to teach.

"We are looking at the next five years, you will not see any teacher that has left the teacher training institutions without been registratered or inducted directly into the TRCN.

"That will foreclose the possibility of quacks."

He said part of the measures adopted was the sensitisation of stakeholders on the dangers of employing unqualified teachers.

Wakocha added that the council had also expanded access to professional training for teachers through capacity building programmes, as well as the accreditation of teachers programmes in educational institutions.

"We have written to all teacher training institutions that they must work with us before they graduate any teacher, because any teacher that is not sent to us directly from the institution will have difficulty in registration."

"Those that had already graduated before we started professional qualifying examinations will show us their certificates, undergo serious screening and sit for an examination before we register them."

He disclosed that over 50 per cent of the 55,000 teachers that sat for the professional examination conducted by the TRC in 2008 failed.

The registrar said the council had issued licence to more than one million qualified teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country.

"We are distingushing them further by issuing them a teaching licence. So we don't a sk if you are a registered teacher, we ask if you have a teaching licence.

"There is a difference between a certificate and a license, a certificate means at a particular point in time you are registered and have met the requirement, but licence say you are up to date, year-in-year-out."

Wakocha said the TRC would continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to flush out quacks and unqualified teachers, to enhance the education sector.

Earlier, the Director General of NTI, Dr. Aminu Sharehu, represented by the Director of Academic Planning, Dr Kolawole Adeola, said the continuous professional development of teachers was necessary to keep them abreast with global challenges in the education sector.

Sharehu said the institutes was satisfied with the positive improvement in the attitude of mathematics and science teachers in teaching the subjects since the introduction of the training programme.

According to him, 400 teachers had so far been trained this year under the first circle of the programme, while the second circle would commence in April.

The Coordinator of the training programme, Dr Ahmad Bello said the target was impart skills that would aid in making the teaching of mathematics and science subjects easier and more effective.

He said it was also to enhance the interest of students to the subjects.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 65 teachers drawn from Borno, Kano, Ondo, Ogun and Kwara participated during the 7th session of the training programme.


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