The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has said that more than 20,000 secondary school teachers in the country, who have met its conditions for certification, will sit the Professional Qualifying Examination scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 14 (tomorrow).
TRCN’s spokesman, Mr, Muyiwa Ojewuyi, who made this known in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, said the teachers had been cleared by the regulatory body to sit the examination in designated computer-based centres in 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“We checked their records and found they were qualified to take the PQE. Some other candidates who applied for the examination were turned back because they lacked the pre-requisite educational qualification,” he said.
Ojewuyi also noted that only the successful candidates would be officially certified by the council to operate as teachers in Nigerian schools.
Regarding the ongoing registration of teachers in the country, he described the response from teachers in private schools nationwide as unimpressive.
“The turnout is not what it should be. We expected more people from the private schools to turn up for the registration. I don’t think the proportion of the teachers from such schools, who have responded, is up to 50 per cent. We don’t have that much yet,” he said.
Ojewuyi also noted that the TRCN had made an arrangement for directors of education from the Federal Ministry of Education, as well as the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to monitor activities in the various designated examination centres.
Other stakeholders in the education sector at the federal level, including the acting general secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers and the respective commissioners for education, would be expected to perform similar tasks across the 26 states chosen by TRCN to host the examination.
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