By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Professor Segun Ajiboye at the weekend hinted that the council will revolutionise Teaching profession in Nigeria
Professor Ajiboye dropped this hint while featuring at the Oyo NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel “Guest of the month” programme held at the Chapel’s secretariat, Mokola, Ibadan.
The TRCN Registrar pointed out that the N100million has been included in the 2018 budget is to among other thing appreciate the critical roles of Nigerian Teachers in the nation building..
Professor Ajiboye emphasized that there is the need for Teachers in Nigeria to be appreciated for their contributions to the growth of Nigeria and for their worth .
“TRCN has become a household name. When I took over the TRCN website was down. Now the website is perfectly functional and interactive. To appreciate our teachers, we have set aside the sum of N100million in 2018 budget to do that. Teachers must be appreciated for their contributions.
frowned at states owing Teachers’ salaries.” he said.
Speaking further, Professor Ajiboye lamented that it was unfortunate that some states in the country can still be owing Teachers’ salaries, adding that ‘there is no way a Teacher who is not paid and denied of his entitlements will be committed or give his or her best to teaching”.tasking the debtor-governors to ensure that the welfare of Teachers are attended to owing to the critical role of moulding future leaders which they occupy.
“This is why it saddens one to see states owing Teachers. Debtor-states should pay teachers their dues. Teachers who receive no payment cannot give their best to teaching. TRCN certificate has become one of the criteria for being engaged as teacher nationwide showing the embrace of TRCN nationwide. The collaboration we enjoy from the NUT and others have been a strong pillar for TRCN.”
Commenting on Competency tests being organised by governors for Teachers in their states, Professor, Ajiboye disclosed that Nigerian Teachers are not afraid of Competency tests saying that the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has said it will participate in such tests as organised by TRCN which is the regulatory body empowered to do so.
The TRCN Registrar expressed worries and sadness at the kidnap of over 100 pupils in Dapchi, Yobe state by suspected insurgents calling on government to enhance security for teachers and pupils in terror zones
“I am not happy at the killing of Teachers and abductions of pupils in terror zone. I appeal to the federal governor to increase security for education communities in terror zone so as not to engender fear in the heart of those genuinely interested in learning and doing their job.”