The Hon. Minister of Education (State), Professor Anthony Gozie Anwukah, has reiterated the position of the National Council for Education (NCE) on the mandatory requirement for all teachers in Nigeria to register with TRCN before the end of this year.
In his address as the Chairman at the maiden induction for teachers at Imo State University recently, the Minister said there would be no going back on the 2-years deadline; warning that any teacher found in the nation’s classroom at the end of 2017 without TRCN’s Certificate and License would be flushed out.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, in his induction speech, said professionalism is a major factor in any life endeavour and should not be undermined by teachers in the Country. “There is no going back on TRCN Professionalism drive across the country; hence the Council would soon reintroduce the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) which would serve as a major pre-requisite for admittance into the teaching profession in Nigeria.” He further stressed that the grace period will soon be over.
Ajiboye commended the TRCN Imo State Office; the Faculty of Education of the University and most importantly the Vice-Chancellor of the University for the excellent package of the induction protocol being the first of its kind in the University. To him, the visit to Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) leadership in the state; the courtesy visit to the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology; the presence of the Hon. Minister of Education (State), Prof. Anwukah at the event and the induction of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, who herself is a Professor of Education, were the icing on the cake of the programme.
On her part, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi, commended the efforts of TRCN in repositioning the teaching profession in Nigeria. She noted that TRCN has become a formidable force to reckon with in teacher education across the country and world over.