From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN) has said it has put in place mechanisms to flush out quacks that are practicing as teachers in order to give the profession the required standard and quality.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, no nation can rise above its educational standard and no standard can be achieved with quacks. He added that the Council is worried about many who are parading themselves as teachers, whereas in the real sense they are not.
He said that teaching is like any other profession and there are professional requirements to qualify anybody as part of it. So it is time to let people know that if you want to be a teacher, get the required qualifications so that you can remain in the profession.
Prof Ajiboye disclosed that the TRCN is the only body empowered by the constitution to register teachers, saying the Council therefore issued practicing licences to people to practice as teachers as stated in Section 17 sub-section 2 of TRCN Act 31 of 1993 now CAP T3 of 2004.
“As at date we have issued licences to 1.8 million teachers who are now qualified to practice anywhere in the country. And it is proper to let the public know that TRCN is the only organization empowered constitutionally to conduct competent test for teachers.
“Gone are the days that unqualified teachers will stand in front of our children polluting their brains, rather than developing them to be leaders of tomorrow. If you are a teacher get your licences to practice or you will be flushed out as quacks,” he said.
In his own remarks, the Deputy Director of School, Kaduna State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Aliyu Idris said the State Government is not sacking any teacher rather those who failed the competency test will be relocated to other place where they will be useful and the vacuums created will have to be filled. That is why the state government is employing other 25,000 licences teachers.
The state chairman of SUBEB has directed teachers to continue teaching until they are redeployed to where they will be relevant because the education of students is paramount to the Mallam Nasir El-Rufai led administration.
“Let us remove politics from the issue of teachers, the results of the competent test conducted by the State Government showed that most of them did not pass the test. So, this government has a political will to rejuvenate the teaching profession by bringing in 25,000 licenced teachers who are qualified.
“Some of these teachers have been teaching for 30 years and I can tell you that they have nothing to show for it. Some are as old as 60 years and we said such persons have to go to pave way for fresh hands, all in the interest of our students”.