The federal government has announced that any teacher who fails a Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) prepared by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) before December 2019, would be sacked.
Making the announcement Saturday during a computer-based PQE in Abuja, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono, said the access and quality of teaching and learning must be improved at all levels.
“In the past there was the shortage of teachers and many unqualified persons were taken to fill the gaps. Now, there are many qualified teachers who have been trained and certified and we have put December 2019 for anybody who is not certified as a teacher to be migrated from our classroom. They will find jobs elsewhere,” he said.
Mr Echono said there are many qualified teachers who are waiting to be employed and that states and the federal government have started hiring them.
“We recently employed over 1,000 qualified teachers in unity schools, so we are gradually weeding out the unqualified ones,” he added.
The Registrar of TRCN, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, said about 22,000 would-be-teachers wrote the exam this month nationwide, including 900 in the FCT.
He said candidates with vision impairment have been registered but that the council was discussing with the Federal Collage of Education (Special), Oyo, to prepare their questions in Braille, adding that they were working with some institutions to prepare questions in Arabic.