The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has concluded arrangements to hold the May 2019 diet of the Teachers Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019.
This test one of the requirements that the teaching profession regulatory agency recently introduced to ensure that only qualified teachers were employed in Nigerian schools.
The examination will hold simultaneously at various Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country.
A statement issued by Head, Press & Protocols of TRCN, Mr Ojewuyi Olumuyiwa also indicated that the agency would soon start organising online Teachers PQE for Nigerian education graduates who have travelled abroad without registering with the Council.
Speaking at a one-day meeting held with TRCN State Coordinators in Abuja, the Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, said the window which permits Nigerian education graduates who are based abroad to be registered by TRCN without taking the Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination has been closed.
“Any Nigerian in the diaspora who wishes to earn TRCN’s Certificate and License will have to write the online Teachers Professional Qualifying Examination and pass before being qualified for registration by TRCN,” he said.
He reassured Nigerians that the Council under his watch will not relent in its efforts towards enhancing teacher education and teacher quality vis-à-vis teacher professionalism in Nigeria.
Ajiboye who said his policies and programmes as the Chief Executive of TRCN are based on the yearnings and aspirations of the people, added that the decision to put a final stop to the examination waiver being enjoyed by Nigerians in the diaspora was in line with the need to institutionalise the computer-based teachers Professional Qualifying Examination for prospective teachers before registration and induction.
He said the TRCN and the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) are working harmoniously towards ensuring that the standard and quality of service rendered by Nigerian teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions meet with international standards.
“We are determined to ensure that teaching profession in Nigeria is ranked amongst the best in the world. To achieve this goal, we must encourage ourselves to do our jobs as expected in order to leave a legacy of excellence to the future generation of Nigerian teachers,” the TRCN boss asserted.
He charged Nigerian education graduates who are teaching without TRCN Certificates to start the process of registering with the Council as the National Council on Education has approved December 2019 as the deadline for all teachers in Nigeria to register with TRCN.
EduCeleb.com reports that the TRCN started conducting the PQE in 2017 and holds two exam diets each year to give room for graduates in education courses to get the teaching professional qualification.
Graduates of other fields who may wish to obtain the certificate are required to hold an education related certificate from any of the teacher training institutions in the country. This may be any of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), a postgraduate diploma in education (PDGE) or any other advanced degree in a faculty of education.