53,674 candidates, who wrote the December Diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) conducted by the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), have qualified to register for teaching licences.
TRCN Registrar, Josiah Ajiboye, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
EduCeleb.com recalls that the examination, which was conducted in 47 centres across the country, was written at 47 centres across Nigeria between 5th and 7th December marking the last of the extra two diets conducted this year.
Ajiboye, a professor, stated that the results were approved by the Governing Council of TRCN, adding that 72,947, out of the 77,296 candidates that registered, wrote in the examination.
“The result was not bad, because the average performance of those who passed the examination is 73.58 per cent, which is 53,674 candidates, while 26.42 per cent, representing 19,273 candidates, failed.
“The performances of the candidates are very encouraging; the Federal Ministry of Education and TRCN Governing Board are happy with it,” he said.
Ajiboye reiterated that the council would not issue teaching certificate and licence to any teacher without writing the examination. He added that the December deadline given for all teachers to register remained sacrosanct while giving insights into the future of the exam conduct.
“The deadline of December 31 is still certain but it does not mean the PQE has stopped. It has come to stay.
“We are planning to be organising the exams for teachers on quarterly basis to help more teachers to enrol, instead of writing twice in a year.
“We must have committed and qualified teachers; we also want to ensure that the teaching environment is in order,” he said.
He added that those who failed any diet have the opportunity to re-enroll and re-write the examination with the next set.
“Those who also passed should go ahead to register at the centre close to them to be able to get their certificates and licences as qualified teachers,” he said.