The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Segun Ajiboye, yesterday said the December 31, 2019 deadline to flush out unqualified teachers from Nigerian classrooms remains sacrosanct.
Ajiboye, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, stated that the National Council of Education has set the deadline for all teachers in classrooms to get registered, qualified and licensed by the TRCN.
The Federal Ministry of Education had on June 7, 2019 sent a circular to all principals on the December 31, 2019 deadline for unqualified teachers to leave Nigerians classrooms.
According to Ajiboye, Nigeria needs quality teachers to deliver quality education and not those he called ‘cheaters’.The TRCN boss hinted that the ultimate goal is to remove quackery from the teaching profession to ensure that only those with required competencies give Nigerian children quality education.
He, therefore, urged those yet to be registered to take the opportunity of the qualifying tests and get registered by the council before the deadline.“You need quality teachers to deliver quality education. The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria’s mandate is to determine those who are teachers in terms of their qualifications and registration with the agency. Globally, teacher professionalism has become very imperative through appropriate regulatory standards as prescribed by the teaching regulatory authority in the country.
“There is still time to be registered. The window opportunity is still open. Yes, we are not backing down on the December 31, 2019 deadline given by the National Council on Education for all teachers in Nigeria to get qualified, registered and licensed by the TRCN. The Federal Ministry of Education is supporting TRCN in every way possible to achieve this target,” he said.