*Fixes June 7 and 8
By Martin Paul in Abuja
No fewer than 30,000 basic education teachers are set for the 2019 Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE) organized by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Registrar of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, told newsmen Friday in Abuja that the examination would be held across the country on June 7 and 8 in selected Computer Based Centres.
He said the number of teachers, seeking compliance with the directive of the Council, had risen 2016, when the first examination was conducted.
Ajiboye said although the first examination, conducted in 2016 and 2018 was paper and pencil, the Council resorted to computer based examination because every teacher in the school system is expected to be computer and technological literate to be able to teach children of the present generation.
“The examination was postponed to June 7 and 8 because some states are observing the monthly environmental exercise and we have completed arrangements to ensure a hitch-free examinations.
“Everything to ensure the success of the examination is in place. We have over 50 centres and we have trained our staff on the conduct of the examinations.
“We are incorporating agencies like National Commission for College of Education (NCCR); Ministry of Education, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)and other examination bodies to monitor the examinations”, Ajiboye said.
The TRCN boss said state like Kaduna, Bauchi and Kano, among others, have larger number of candidates and hence would attract two days for the conduct of the examination, while others would be one day.
On 2019 dateline for registration of teachers, the registrar said there was no going back as the closing had been postponed several times, adding that those who could not meet up the June examination would have another portal open for them in October this year.
Teachers; registration and professionalization is for both private and public school teachers, we have about 80 per cent compliance from public schools but there are still issues with private school.
“I can assure you that before the end of the year, many private school teachers would comply, but if they failed, they can be assured of whatever step hat would be taken.
“It is not about TRCN, but about professionalization of the Nigerian teachers, so that they could fit into the system even outside the country”, Ajiboye said.
He said at present, Africa is talking about teacher mobility, adding that there are about 70 million shortage of basic education teachers in the sub-Saharan countries.
Ajiboye disclosed that the Council was working on how to open online portal for Nigerian teachers in the diaspora to sit for the examination.
He said at present, the board would sit to determine at what level a teacher could be adjudged as a failure, but assured that opportunity was still open for whoever had failed in the first instance to repeat until he or she secured the requisite marks in the examination to be certificated.