By Bright Bassey
The federal government will not accept unqualified teachers among the 500,000 it plans to recruit.
Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, made the statement on Wednesday, at the 10th Education Conference, in Abuja.
Prof. Ajiboye said President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, has endorsed the decision.
“Presently, it has been accepted by the Federal Government; the President and ministers of education have agreed that no one again that is not qualified and is not registered with the TRCN will stand and teach in our classrooms.
“I can assure you that no one will be employed as a teacher by the Federal Government without licence and registration certificate. We are calling on all teachers to register, if you know yourself and you refer to yourself as a professional teacher, you must be registered with the TRCN. You must carry our certificate and our license.
“At the last induction ceremony that was conducted last week in OAU (Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, six professors registered with the TRCN and 14 other academics were also inducted into the teaching profession.” Ajiboye said.
He urged teachers in public and private schools to register and obtain the TRCN license so as not to be affected when it’s now enforced as law.