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“More Than 50% Of Private School Teachers Are Not Still Not Qualified to be in Classroom,” says Teachers’ Council

The Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has again lamented that even after two years deadline, most private school teachers are still not qualified to teach.

The Council’s Registrar, Prof Josiah Ajiboye in an interview with Tribune Online said that though the scenario cut across the six geopolitical zones of the country, is worse in the northern part and remote communities.

According to him, it is not only that these so-called teachers are not qualified but they are simply not registerable by the council.

He explained that this position meant that teachers in this category do not have basic teaching educational qualifications, which is the National Certificate in Education (NCE) as stipulated by the National Policy on Education.

He said whoever is to be engaged as a teacher in any school in the country either public or private according to the policy must have to possess a minimum of NCE plus the TRCN certificate.

He said the council had discovered that the majority of private school operators (unlike state governments) are not complying with the policy as they are still engaging even the secondary school leavers as teachers and pay them peanut as salaries.

Prof Ajiboye noted that the 2019 deadline was still on course and no fresh deadline would be given again to enforce compliance.

According to him, those who want to continue to be teachers or want to come in newly must be professionals and therefore must do the needful to be part of the system.

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Abdullahi Yusuf

This is a very sad reality, I once wrote an article on this issue which I tittled “Accidental Teacher”. You may like it on your platform.

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