The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) on Saturday, announced that teachers would start writing professional qualifying examinations irrespective of their degrees and certificates.
The Director of Professional Operations, Dr. Steve Nwokeocha told NAN that “Teachers will no longer get registered by mere presentation of their certificates, but they will have to write professional examination.
“Teachers are to resume professional qualifying examinations, and the models are being developed and finalised,’’ Nwokeocha said.
He also said that a standard syllabus was underway and would be presented to stakeholders like National Universities Commission and others, for validation.
He added that a date will be fixed for examination once the syllabus is approved and there will be no registration without an examination.
Nwokeocha recalled that in 2008, a pilot examination was conducted and over 50,000 candidates wrote the examination across Nigeria’s 36 states as 25,000 out of the 50,000 teachers failed. He noted that the failure reflected the quality of training the teachers have acquired.
The director explained further: “We had to suspend the pilot examination because the council did not have a syllabus at that time.
“And people asked that a few more things like a model, among others, should be put in place before the examination will be conducted again.”