11,487 scale through teachers professional qualifying exam

Funmi Lawrence

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) says 11,487 candidates passed its annual Professional Qualifying Examination conducted recently across the country.

The Chief Executive of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, made this known on Friday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the achievements recorded by the Council.

He said a total of 17,602 candidates sat for the examination, that qualifies one as professional teacher, adding that 3,650 teachers failed in the exercise.

“A total of 17,602 candidates took the examination, 11,487 passed which is 75.9percent while 3,650 candidates failed, which is 24.1 per cent.”

The examination, which was the second series to be conducted by TRCN for 2020 took place between 12 and 14 November.

He said that the announcement of special salary package and other benefits for teachers by President Muhammadu Buhari remained top as its greatest achievement for 2020.

Ajiboye expressed delight that the National Council of Education had recently approved all as announced by the President during the recent World Teachers Day.

He said the next step was to secure the nod of the Federal Executive Council, adding that the National Assembly is also expected to intervene in amending relevant laws to allow for the increased in service and retirement years for teachers.

Speaking further, Ajiboye said TRCN mobilised over 60,000 teachers for various digital skills training in 2020 in collaboration with other relevant bodies.

On the number of qualified teachers, Prof Ajiboye put the number at about 2.2 million, adding that TRCN will in not too distant time release the present figure of quacks operating in the nation’s teaching profession.

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