Unregistered and unqualified teachers have been banned by the Federal Government from teaching in both public and private schools across the country.
Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, disclosed that the president and ministers of education have agreed that no longer will unqualified teachers and a teacher not registered with TRCN stand in front of classrooms.
Prof. Ajiboye made this known during the 10th Education Conference in Abuja, on Wednesday themed; “Improving Education Standards and Emulating the Global Perspective and Practices.”
He also stressed that the Federal Government’s 500,000 teachers’ scheme would not employ teachers without registration certificates and licenses from the TRCN.
In his words:
“I can assure you that no one will be employed as a teacher by the Federal Government without license and registration certificate.
We are calling on all teachers, if you know yourself and you refer to yourself as a ‘professional teacher’ you must be registered with TRCN. You must carry our certificate and our license.”
The TRCN boss further disclosed that six professors registered with TRCN and 14 other academics were inducted into the teaching profession at the last induction ceremony which held last week in OAU.
He stated that the Kaduna State government had directed its teachers to obtain their licenses and registration certificates before they would be promoted.
While stressing that teachers in private schools are also expected to be registered and licensed by TRCN, he however, commended private schools teachers for responding to TRCN’s call for them to come and register.
Prof. Ajiboye says according to the law establishing the council, the TRCN is the body responsible for registering and certifying teachers in the country.
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Ajiboye, hitherto urged teachers in both public and private schools to ensure they were duly registered and licensed by the council, adding that the council is now on a persuasion level and would soon move beyond that to the law enforcement level.