The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu , has disclosed that the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has registered about two million and licensed about 200,000 teachers. He made this known in Abuja, saying further that the registration and licensing of teachers was part of the ongoing reforms to strengthen the quality of education in Nigeria.
He expressed concern about the prevalence of unqualified and incompetent teachers in the country’s education system, saying that the ministry had repositioned the TRCN to professionalise the teaching profession. According to his representative, the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) which is conducted twice a year—May and October— was introduced as prerequisite for Nwajiuba registration and licensing of professional teachers.
While disclosing that about 52,000 candidates were expected to sit for the October, 2019 examination, the minister said TRCN had made the PQE accessible to education graduates of teacher training institutions across the country, tagged Professional Qualifying Examination Integrated.
He noted that TRCN is also involved in accreditation, monitoring and supervision of courses and programmes of teacher training institutions in Nigeria.