By Felix Khanoba
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has released the result of the Professional Qualifying Examination held in July, 2020, with candidates from Kano and Ebonyi states recording top performance.
Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, who made this known during a visit to his office by the executives of the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN) in Abuja, said 37,340 candidates sat for the exam.
He said while 28,094 (75 per cent) candidates passed the exam which is mandatory for all teachers, 753 out of 840 candidates (89.64per cent) that sat for the exam in Kano recorded success in the exercise.
Ebonyi and Lagos states followed Kano in the top performance chart with 88.63 per cent and 84.92 per cent to come second and third respectively.
On the flip side, Kebbi State hit rock bottom in the performance log with 55.04 per cent of its candidates failing the exam. It was closely followed by Borno and Sokoto states with 47.71 per cent and 45.71 percent failure rate respectively.
The TRCN boss said the exam witnessed the participation of teachers from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“About 44,363 candidates registered for the examination but the total examined was 37,340 candidates due to the prevalence of Covid-19. A large number of candidates could not move around or write the exam.
“We have about 7,023 candidates that didn’t write the exam. Majority of these people have actually written the exam before and things like that. They have been noted and what we are going to do is to allow them to write the exam at the next available opportunity.
“On the whole, 28,094 candidates passed the exam, which is 75.24 percent while a total of 9, 246 candidates failed, giving a percentage of 24.76 percent,” he said.
Prof. Ajiboye commended the new requirement in Colleges of Education that makes it mandatory for academic staff to have a TRCN registration certificate before they can be promoted.
Earlier, the Chairman of ECAN, Mr Chuks Ukwuatu, said the association decided to pay the thank you visit to TRCN’s registrar to express deep appreciation to the agency for sponsoring a capacity building workshop for ECAN a few weeks ago.
The AUTHORITY reports that Lagos State with 3,574 candidates had the highest number of candidates that sat for the TRCN July’s Professional Qualifying Exam while Ekiti State with 235 candidates had the least number.
The next batch of the Professional Qualifying Exam is expected to take place in early November, 2020.