Leading by example: Kwara education commissioner gets TRCN licence

Kwara Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Fatimah Ahmed with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at an event [File photo]

Kwara State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Fatimah Bisola Ahmed has obtained her teaching licence from the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

This is as she lauded the teaching profession regulatory agency for enforcing the professional registration of teachers in the country.

Ms Ahmed siad this in Ilorin, while receiving her own certificate as a certified professional teacher.

It was presented to her in her office by the state Coordinator of TRCN, Mr Otun Akeem Olajide.

With the expiry of the December 2019 deadline for all teachers to get TRCN licence, the regulatory agency began a crackdown on unqualified teachers last week across the country.

Among conditions required to be qualified a teacher in Nigeria are training and certification from a recognised teacher education institution, passing the professional qualifying examination organised by the TRCN and registration with the council.

Although, she is not currently a classroom teacher, Ahmed said she decided to obtain the TRCN licence on the advise of her father.

“Before my appointment as Commissioner, my father advised me to register for the teachers’ professional examination and I concurred.

“I wrote the exams last year and to God be the glory, I am now a certified teacher.”

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The commissioner admonished teachers that are yet to register for the professional examination to do so forthwith in order not to be flushed out of the system.

She reiterated the ministry’s support for the TRCN in its enforcement drive in schools across the country, especially Kwara State.

Earlier, Olajide, the TRCN state Coordinator, commended Governor AbdulRaman AbdulRazak for appointing a professional teacher, to man the education ministry, saying it was putting a round peg in a round hole.

He noted that the state council decided to start the enforcement in the ministry with the presentation of TRCN certificate to the commissioner to serve as a warning signal to all teachers in Kwara State and indeed the country that are yet to register with the council.

“We are using this opportunity to call on all potential teachers to come forward for professional registration in order to avoid being embarrassed when the team visits schools in the state.”

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