Teaching qualifications

Two years after deadline, more than 50% of Nigerian private school teachers still not TRCN qualified


The Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) said that after a two-year delay, more than 50 percent of teachers currently in all private primary and secondary schools across the country are still not qualified to teach in the classroom.

TRCN Registrar and Managing Director Professor Josiah Ajiboye gave this clue in an interview with Online forum this weekend, claiming that this scenario, although crossing the six geopolitical zones of the country, is worse in the northern part and remote communities.

According to him, not only are these so-called teachers unqualified, they are simply not registerable by the board.

He explained that this position meant that teachers in this category did not have basic educational qualifications, namely the National Certificate in Education (NCE) as stipulated by the national education policy.

He said anyone who needs to be hired as a teacher in any school in the country, whether public or private, according to policy, must have a minimum of NCE and the TRCN certificate.

Ajiboye said both certificates are compulsory and neither are optional for recruiting teachers in the country, as evidence has shown that teachers who are professionals perform their tasks with passion and more effectively.

“So those who do not have these two certificates are not supposed to be hired because the teachers even less have to be in front of the students teaching in any school approved by the government anywhere in the country”, a- he stressed.

He said school owners, public and private, are keenly aware of this federal government policy, and that the TRCN has set a December 2019 deadline for all serving teachers nationwide who have not the TRCN certificate to obtain certification or to leave the profession.

He said this is standard practice in developed countries and Nigeria cannot be exceptional.

He said the board found that the majority of private school operators (unlike state governments) do not comply with the policy as they still even hire high school leavers as teachers and pay them salaries. like peanuts.

Professor Ajiboye noted that the 2019 deadline is still pending and that no new deadline will be given again to enforce compliance.

According to him, those who want to continue to be teachers or who want to come new must be professionals and must therefore do what is necessary to be part of the system.

He explained that the board would soon resume oversight of policy enforcement compliance which began in February 2020 and stopped midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic and general lockdown.

“So we are only waiting longer for people to come out of the negative effect of the COVID-19 crisis in a meaningful way to continue the exercise and sanction schools and teachers who do not comply,” a- he declared.

He noted, however, that it was not as if all teachers in public schools were compliant, but that more than 85 percent of them were professionals.

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