By Felix Khanoba
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has called on African countries to pay sufficient attention to the welfare of teachers to ensure quality education in the continent.
Adamu made this call in Abuja while declaring open the Seventh Annual Conference of African Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA).
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY by Mrs. Chineye Ihuoma, director of press in the education ministry, said Adamu harped on his Ministerial Strategic Plan, which, amongst others, seeks to ensure professionalism in the teaching sector and accord teachers deserved respect and recognition.
The minister added that Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has been reinvigorated by new management and governing council which have deep understanding of all distinctions and underlying factors for attractive teaching and learning.
He stressed that, participants should be aware that standards have to be created and maintained to ensure quality, adding that regulatory agencies in the teaching and learning profession in Nigeria, are well positioned to set, review, supervise and maintain the required standards for quality teaching and learning.
Earlier, the Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Adiboye, stated that AFTRA conference is built on the need to constructively create a platform where practitioners, academic, employers of teachers, teachers unions, international development partners, among others, come under one umbrella to network and share ideas.
He said the conference would bring about positive change that will reposition education system in the continent, especially as it affects teaching.