Teachers who failed the Professional Qualifying Examination, PQE, prepared by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, would be sacked, the federal government has said on Sunday. Sunny Echono, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, who said the quality of teaching and learning must be improved at all levels, made the announcement during a computer-based PQE in Abuja.He said there are many qualified teachers who are waiting to be employed, adding tha states and the federal government have started giving them jobs. “We recently employed over 1,000 qualified teachers in unity schools, so we are gradually weeding out the unqualified ones.” He said government would provide the necessary teaching and learning facilities in public schools. The Registrar of TRCN, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, said about 22,000 would-be-teachers wrote the exam this month nationwide, including 900 in the FCT. Another exam is scheduled to hold in October.
“In the past there was the shortage of teachers and many unqualified persons were taken to fill the gaps. Now, there are many qualified teachers who have been trained and certified and we have put December 2019 for anybody who is not certified as a teacher to be migrated from our classroom. They will find jobs elsewhere,” he said.