The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday, directed the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to sack unqualified teachers across the country.
Adamu stated this in Jos, the Plateau State capital, during the 6th induction ceremony of 400 newly graduated teachers trained by the University of Jos.
The Minister, who spoke through the Registrar and Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said “The Honourable Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu has directed the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) that after December 31 2019, all those teaching without the requisite qualification should be disengaged.”
According to him, “A task force will be constituted to enforce the order of the Minister of Education as from January 2020.
Admonishing the fresh members who were inducted at the ceremony, he, informed them that (TRCN) renews license of practising teachers every three years.
He encourages practising teachers to always attend refresher courses and seminars to enable them meet up with current trends and development in the teaching profession.
He maintained that the Council has taken serious steps in ensuring it gets rid of quacks in the teaching profession.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, emphasized the need for teachers to acquire requisite qualification in their career.
“Teachers have an important role to play to adequately prepare learners for their roles in the society for achieving the set national objectives.”
Prof Maimako was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics Prof Tanko Ishaya, told the registrar Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria that the graduands have acquired needed training to teach.
“They have acquired expertise skills and discipline in teaching that distinguish them from non-professionals in the classroom.”
Earlier in her address, Dean Faculty of Education University of Jos Prof. Rahila Gowon urged government at all levels and the private sector to partner with (TRCN) for employment of qualified teachers.
A total of 41 teachers already practising the profession renewed their practising licenses at the event.