By Felix Khanoba
The Federal Government has again reiterated its position to ensure that only qualified and registered teachers are allowed in classrooms in the country from December 2019.
Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, stated this recently while monitoring the 2018 Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) conducted by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
While commending the large number of the would-be qualified teachers that turned for the examination, Echono noted that despite existing shortfall, Nigeria still boasts of reasonable number of teachers trained and certified by the TRCN.
He said, “We are overwhelmed by the large turnout. It shows that we have many people coming for the PQE, if we will need to introduce third diet, we will do so, because the deadline is close and many people are now responding to take this exam.
“One central mode of enforcing the policy of quality teaching and learning in all levels is the PQE because the teacher is at the centre of it all.
“We recognize the historical challenge the country had in the past, we didn’t use to have enough teachers so auxiliary teachers ,adjourn teachers and all other people were engaged to fill in the gap ,today we are pleased to note that despite existing shortfall. we now have a large crop of qualified people who have been trained and certified .”
On his part, TRCN’s Registrar, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, said 22,000 people applied for the examinations in 2018, which is an additional increase of 2000 when compared to last year’s figure.
“We have 42 centres across the country; 6,000 candidates sat for PQE in Kaduna State,3,600 wrote the exams in Enugu, 2,000 in Bauchi , 2,000 in Taraba Stats, among others, in all centers across the country,” he said.