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News - North Central - FCT Updated: May 19, 2024

12,539 teachers took May professional qualifying exams - TRCN

By Philip Adeboye
May 19, 2024
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Over 12,500 teachers from various parts of Nigeria participated in the May session of the Professional Qualifying Examination, which began on Thursday to Saturday.

Administered by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, the examination serves to assess the professional aptitude of educators.

Dr. Jacinta Ezeahurukwe, the Director of Certification and Licensing at TRCN, noted the significance of this examination during a chat with journalists in Abuja on Saturday. 

She underscored its role in ensuring that skilled educators are retained in classrooms nationwide.

Ezeahurukwe also highlighted the broad impact of this initiative, both domestically and internationally."

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She said ‘no PQE, no staying in the classroom’ was enforced in 2019 with deadlines and this resulted in having many teachers coming out to obtain their PQE.

“Everybody knows that the teaching profession has got to a level that is highly recognised internationally and nationally. And everybody knows that you cannot just walk into a class now and say you are a teacher, you must be registered and licensed by TRCN for you to practice. Since 2014 TRCN has started this PQE and it has come to stay. Even internationally, they have recognised it and they have looked at the processes of examination,” Ezeahurukwe said.

She said that people had found it credible that the UK had even granted Nigeria, one of those countries in Africa that they allowed their teachers to apply for qualifying teachers’ status.

The director explained that the qualifying examination established foundational knowledge that a teacher must possess and exhibit as contained in professional teaching standards.

She said for the May diet examination, Benue State came top with 1,416 as the highest number of registered candidates followed by Osun State with 1,410 registration.

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Ezeahurukwe said that Cross River State came last with 59 persons followed by Ebonyi State with 69.

She said that Nigerians were now aware of the importance of the qualifying exams, saying that there was hardly any school in any state that could recruit teachers that did not have the TRCN certification and license.

According to Ms Ezeahurukwe, TRCN is making sure every state and every organisation recruiting teachers from the primary to tertiary institutions must have a qualified teacher.

She said, “We have introduced this to our graduating education students and are also caught at the point of graduation. It is an induction at the point of graduation where education students in Colleges of Education, faculties and institute of education, after their final exams apply for the TRCN PQE. The exams is conducted for them in schools, so the majority of our graduating students registered at the point of graduation so they are not outside to battle with those who graduated earlier.’’

One of the teachers, Agnes Agbo from Veritas University, said she was prompted to take part in the examination to continue in the teaching profession and have the opportunity to travel if the need arose.

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Agbo said the examination was successful as the hitch experienced earlier was quickly rectified by the monitoring team.

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