Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) on Wednesday conducted an online professional qualifying examination for Nigerian teachers in the diaspora.
Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the council said that the examination was organised to provide an opportunity for them to be certified and licensed to teach in any part of the world.
Ajiboye, who was represented by Mrs Jacinta Ametepe-Ogboso, Deputy Director and Head of Examination and Professional Development of the council added that the examination was mandatory for teachers who intend to teach abroad.
“The professional qualifying examination is for Nigerian teachers in diaspora who wish to have the teachers registration council certificate and licence.
“We started this examination for Nigerian teachers in diaspora in 2019 and so far this set is the third batch of teachers writing the examination.
“The examination is always hitch-free and without technical challenge.
“And so 24 hours to the examination, we send them links to the exams and once it is the set time, they log in and they begin their examination,” he said.
On the issue of supervision and monitoring, he added that appropriate measures had been put in place to monitor and ensure that the candidates do not cheat during the examination.
“The web cam on each candidates’ computer must be placed in such a way that we can see their head to their shoulder level.
“And when we discover that a candidate is talking to anybody during the time for the examination, such candidate paper will be cancelled, this is to discourage any form of malpractice,” he said.
Mrs Odumosu Olaitan, Head, Information and Communications Technology of the council added that instructions and guidelines on how to write the examinations are usually sent to the candidates ahead of the examination date.
She added that the council put appropriate measures in place to ensure technically hitch-free examination.
The one-hour computer based examination had 60 questions and was supervised by high ranking directors of the council via video conferencing.