By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye on Tuesday hinted that it is now an offence to teach in Nigeria without being registered by the TRCN as a professional teacher.
Professor Ajiboye dropped this hint while speaking at the 2nd induction ceremony organized for Bachelor Degree in Education graduands of the University of Abuja.
According to Professor Ajiboye, henceforth, only technologically compliant teachers can compete globally, saying, teachers in Nigeria should equip themselves technologically so as to be able to stand at par with other teachers globally.
“Induction is one of the critical elements that adorn a profession and make it clear that teaching is no longer an all-comers affair. In Nigeria today, it is not only an absurdity but an offence for any individual to teach, without being registered by TRCN” he said.
Professor Ajiboye emphasized that any teacher wishing to get to the peak of the profession must be technologically developed; saying, “technology would not replace teachers but teachers who are technologically inclined would replace teachers who are technologically deficient.”
The TRCN Registrar/Chief Executive maintained that Nigerian teachers must be able to access the world through their telephones and must be able to catch up with the ongoing technological development across the world to get exceptional teachers who are world class professionals.
While lauding the Federal Government for keeping the faith with the Nigerian teachers through its unalloyed support for the ongoing professionalization of teaching in the country, he then urged young and other fresh education graduates in Nigeria to key into the induction protocol which he described as international best practice and benchmark.”
The TRCN Registrar noted that the induction protocol was a demonstration of zeal and commitment aimed at improving the teaching and learning process in teacher training institutions, saying,“all inductees are accepted into the teaching profession without the rigours of undergoing all the cycles of Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE). Any teacher education graduate, who failed to make good use of this grace period, would write the full circle of PQE in addition to other rigours before their registration as professional teachers is validated.”
Assuring that TRCN, under his watch, would be selfless in its drive towards expanding access to teacher education,he said TRCN has developed programs of study such as Professional Diploma in Education (PDE), and Post-Doctoral Diploma in Education (PDDE). The PDE and the PDDE as mentioned above were in addition to the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) for which TRCN has also developed a National Benchmark.
“TRCN has also developed the Teacher Professional Development Assessment Framework (TDPAF), (Awaiting Public Presentation). The document would help the individual teacher in self-assessment and also put their employers in a vantage position to determine the suitability and capability of their teachers per time”.
He therefore called on teachers who do not have education qualification to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by these programs.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.