The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has commenced the nationwide verification of teacher’s professional certification in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 33 states of the federation to ensure that only thorough-bred professionals operate in the education sector. Speaking on the exercise on Monday, the TRCN chief executive, Professor Segun Ajiboye, said the verification is not to witch-hunt anybody but to sanitize the profession.
According to him, the nationwide exercise received the support of state governments and schools. He said the State Monitoring team leaders have started moving from one school to another for the verification. He maintained that the quality of teaching will affect the quality of education and learning outcomes, noting that no serious country will allow its future leaders to be taught by quacks.
“TRCN monitoring of compliance commences nationwide today in 33 States and FCT with TRCN officials and State Monitoring team leaders moving from school to school. “The exercise is not aimed at witch-hunt. It is primarily designed to sanitize the teaching profession of quackery. This is because no serious country will leave the education of its future to charlatans. “If we want to get our education right, we must get it right with the teachers. Quality teachers will translate to quality education.
The reports reaching us across the states indicated that people were ready to ensure standards in the profession. Indeed some have picked Professional Qualifying Examination forms. “We have received report from Kaduna, Delta, Lagos, Rivers, Plateau, Dutse, and Aba among others on the verification exercise. We are stepping it up and quality will not be mortgaged. Teaching is for professionals and will not be a dumping ground for quacks,” Prof. Ajiboye said.