Teachers across Nigeria have been urged to ensure they are qualified, licensed and registered before the year runs out as the federal government has declared its intention to flush them out of the classrooms by 2019.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the warning while monitoring the 2018 Batch A Teacher Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) in Abuja on Saturday.
Adamu, represented by Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary, stressed that if teachers were not qualified and properly equipped, the products who are the students would also fall short and ultimately the country will suffer.
“The person at the centre of it all is the teacher, not the pupils and if the teachers are not qualified and properly equipped then how can they give our children the best.
“So as a government we are insisting that we must raise the standards; we must become like other countries of the world.
“We have set a deadline for ourselves and we are going to enforce it.
“If by 2019 you are not a qualified, certified and registered teacher, you will be removed from our classrooms and we will give the job to those who are qualified.
“It is an embarrassment to us that we have so many qualified people without job and we are given the job to people who are not qualified. It is insane.
“In the past, we did not have the right numbers, so we appreciate that those not qualified helped us to meet that shortfall, that is why we have given this time of grace,” he said.
He urged the teachers to continue to improve themselves while their employers would do their part to continue to train an retrain them.
It was gathered that no fewer than 22,000 would-be teachers sat for the Computer Based Teachers PQE nationwide held from June 7 to 9.