By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Professor Segun Ajiboye over the weekend hinted that the council is to embark on school monitoring in 12 States of the 36 states in the country as from next month (February).
Professor Ajiboye dropped this hint in Ibadan while speaking with newsmen on the activities of TRCN at improving the standard of teaching in and across Nigeria.
The TRCN Registrar/Executive Secretary disclosed that the school monitoring program “is to determine and/or ascertain the total number of qualified or unqualified teachers being used to teach Nigerian pupils in those states.”
Professor Ajiboye said the 12 states comprised of two States purposively selected in each of the 6-geopolitical zones in Nigeria and that the Council has engaged Consultants to carry out the monitoring which will include determining those licensed to teach and those yet-to-be-licensed as well as those that are yet-to-register with the Council.
He stressed that the consultants have eight weeks to submit their report “which will form the basis for weeding out unqualified teachers as well as advising States rightly” on the TRCN activities, saying, the Council was interested in ensuring that it does not derail from its mandate and would organized a retreat/workshop that will be directed by eminent educationists to further improve on the human capital at the disposal of the Council.
“This year, the development Teacher Information Systems (TIS) will become functional. Parents in Nigeria will able to know those who are teaching their children in school whether quack or professional teachers. They will be able to make decisions on where to take their ward to for education purposes. The TIS will be useful for knowing the spatial distribution of teachers in Nigeria, their location and their states.”