The federal government has disclosed that teachers without professional certificates will before the end of 2017, be banned from teaching in all Nigerian public schools.
This decision is part of the three-year Ministerial Strategic Plan by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu aimed at getting rid of unqualified teachers in Nigerian schools.
According to the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye, soonest, only those teachers with professional certificates will be allowed to teach in classrooms.
“By the end of 2017, Nigerian children will be taught by only qualified professional teachers who can deliver the quality education desirous for the elevation of our children and our country.
“Professionalism is the key, those who do not have what it takes cannot be trusted with the lives of our children.
“We are out to ensure a guaranteed future for our children because they are the leaders of tomorrow and we can only achieve this by ensuring that those who teach them are the best around.
“This will translate to higher performances and better value for professional teachers,” he said.
Speaking in Ibadan on Tuesday, Ajiboye disclosed that the council has registered no fewer than 1.6 million teachers since he assumed office, adding that those who register on or before May 31, this year would be exempted from the professional qualifying examination.
Ajiboye said that the first examination of TRCN would hold at the end of September 2017. He explained that the exams are designed to fully professionalise teaching and ensure that only those qualified were employed by government for quality assurance.
He noted that the examination was designed in modules, comprising category A (PhD holders); B (Master degree holders); C (Bachelor degree holders), and D (NCE holders).
Last week, the Chief Executive Officer, National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Prof. Stephen Onah, had blamed the dismal performance of students in WAEC and NECO examinations in successive years on unqualified teachers in Mathematics.
However, he identified another factor responsible for the poor performance of Nigerian students in Mathematics as the high standards maintained by WAEC and NECO with unqualified mathematics teachers teaching the subject.
According to Onah, school proprietors draft non-professional teachers into teaching senior secondary students Mathematics for such important examinations.
“The other factor is that because there are no enough hands to train students in this discipline persons from different areas of study even outside science based areas are brought to teach the subject.
“Because the WAEC and NECO which are of international standards will not lower their standard because Nigeria has not enough hands or qualified teachers to train its students.
“They will always maintain their standard and so, if we are not living up to that standard, that explains our poor performances,” he explained.
Prof Onah held that a major hindrance to effective teaching is when the number of teachers are not equal to that of the students’ population. However, he lauded the efforts of the current government at improving the quality and methodology of teaching at the different strata of education in the country, especially primary and sencondary schools.