Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Federal Government, at the weekend, confirmed its determination to end quackery and the culture of “all comers’ affair” in the teaching profession, when it conducted Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), for over 17, 000 graduates nationwide, who are interested in teaching.
The exam, which was Computer Based Test (CBT), was designed to test the intellectual and academic competence of young and older graduates who want to take up career in teaching.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who monitored the exercise in Abuja centre, was impressed with stakeholders’ contribution which led to significant success of the exercise.
Adamu, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sunny Echono, was hopeful that the exam will assist the government sanitise and restore the pride of the teaching profession.
He was happy with the effort of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), to ensure that teachers have the right academic qualifications, attitude and relevant tools to effectively pass knowledge to students.
“That was why we continued to announce that December 2019 remains the deadline for all unregistered teachers to obtain professional certifications or be evicted from the noble profession,” he said.
TRCN registrar, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, confirmed to journalists, that the exercise was being conducted simultaneously across Nigeria.
He was impressed with the conduct of the teachers and assured them of transparency and justice in the entire exercise.
He advised teachers who are yet to get the professional certificate to take advantage of the available window to avoid forceful eviction from classroom by 2019.