Plans are underway by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) for Nigerian graduates in education living in the Diaspora to sit for the teachers professional qualifying examinations online to be conducted by the council.
Registrar of the Council, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this at a one-day meeting with the state Coordinators of the Council in Abuja, said the move would avail Nigerian graduates based outside the country the opportunity to be duly registered by the council.
While noting that TRCN policies and programmes are based on the yearnings and aspirations of the people, he further explained that the decision to put a final stop to the examination waiver being enjoyed by Nigerians in the diaspora, was in line with the need to institutionalise the computer-based Teachers Professional Qualifying Examination for prospective teachers before registration and induction into the teaching profession.
“Any Nigerian in the diaspora who wishes to earn TRCN’s certificate and license will have to write the online Teachers Professional Qualifying Ex-amination and pass before he or she could qualify for registration by the Council,” he said.
Ajiboye, who noted that the Council would not relent in its efforts towards enhancing teacher education and quality through teacher professionalism in the country, disclosed that the TRCN and the National Teachers Institute (NTI) were working harmoniously towards ensuring that the standard and quality of service and teaching meet with international standards.
“We are determined to ensuring that teaching profession in Nigeria is ranked among the best in the world. To achieve this goal, we must encourage ourselves to do our jobs as expected in order to leave a legacy of excellence for the future generation of Nigerian teachers,” the Registrar added. Ajiboye further noted that the May 2019 Diet of the Teachers Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) would hold on May 24 and 25, simultaneously at the various designated Computer-Based- Test (CBT) centres across the country.
He, therefore, urged education graduates who are still teaching without TRCN Certificates to commence the process of registering with the Council, saying the National Council on Education had approved December 2019 as deadline for all teachers teaching in Nigerian schools to register with TRCN.
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