17,602 to sit for teachers’ professional qualifying examination

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Pupils in a classroom with their teacher at the Tsangaya Model Primary School, Ganduje
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No fewer than 17, 602 prospective teachers from across 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), would sit for the upcoming diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), conducted by the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

Registrar/Chief Executive Officer TRCN, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, who made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja noted that the exam would take place in designated centres across the country.

According to him, Osun state has the highest candidates with 1, 727 prospective teachers followed by Adamawa with 1, 623, closely followed with Lagos State with 934.

Meanwhile, the FCT has 850 candidates expected to sit for the examinations.

Ebonyi has the least number of registered teachers with 119 candidates after Bayelsa which has 128 candidates.

Ajiboye hinted the public that the said the examinations would not hold in both Jigawa and Ekiti states for this particular digest.

He explained that the duo were unable to meet up with the 100 benchmark for candidates’ registration per state.

EduCeleb.com reports that the conduct of the PQE is one of the prerequisites for registering and getting licenced as a teacher in Nigeria.

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The Ajiboye led TRCN started conducting the PQE in 2018 in a bid to implement the TRCN Act of 1993, which among other things empowers it to regulate entry and quality in the teaching profession.

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