The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministers of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Prof. Anthony Anwukah, have agreed to ban all unqualified and unregistered teachers from classrooms in Nigeria.
The Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said this on Wednesday, during the 10th Education Conference in Abuja, titled: “Improving Education Standards and Emulating the Global Perspective and Practices.”
The Registrar also said the Federal Government would not employ teachers without registration certificates and licenses from the TRCN under the 500, 000 teachers’ scheme.
His words: “Presently, it has been accepted by the Federal Government, the President, the ministers of education have agreed that no one again that is not qualified, that is not registered with TRCN will stand in front of our classrooms.
“I can assure you that no one will be employed as a teacher by the federal government without license and registration certificate.
“We are calling on all teachers, if you know yourself and you refer to yourself as a professional teacher you must be registered with TRCN. You must carry our certificate and our license.
“At the last induction ceremony that was conducted last week in OAU, six professors registered with TRCN and 14 other academics were also inducted into the teaching profession.”
Prof. Ajiboye urged teachers both in public and private schools to ensure they are duly registered and licensed by the council,
The Registrar said Kaduna state government, had directed its teachers to obtain their licenses and registration certificates before they would be promoted.
He continued: “Teachers in private schools are also expected to be registered and licensed by TRCN. According to the law establishing the council we are the ones who can talk about who is a teacher in this country.
“Currently, teachers in private schools are responding to TRCN’s call for them to come and register. Now we are in the level of persuasion when we move beyond this level we will go to the enforcement of the law.
“Kaduna state government has really gone out to tell the teachers that look if you are not registered with TRCN you cannot be promoted. This is what we want to encourage in all the states,”