Posted on Wed 14 Jun 2017, 02:19 PM

Oludayo Tade, Ibadan

Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, on Tuesday sent warning message to proprietors of private primary and secondary schools in Nigeria that the Federal Government will no longer allow recruitment of unqualified and  unregistered teachers in their schools as from next year.

The moves to check the influx of unqualified and unregistered teachers, according to him, started with public schools in the country last year and very soon, the crusade would reach the private schools.

Prof. Anwukah disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Ibadan during a Training of the Trainers(ToT) workshop on the topic: Implementation of Professional Standards for Nigerian Teachers, organized by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) at the University of Ibadan conference center.

The minister noted that the Federal government will no more accept from private recruitment of unqualified teachers because they want to maximize their profits adding that all private schools in the country must meet the required and acceptable quality.

Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of TRCN, Prof Olusegun Ajiboye, said Nigerian children must be taught only by thorough bred professional teachers who are trained  to impart the right knowledge.

He corrected the impression that professionalism was designed to retrench teachers in the country noting that writing professional examinations is a precondition of becoming a professional.

He said only those registered by the Council are qualified to teach saying those in classroom without the certificate of TRCN are 'cheaters' and not 'teachers'

While the National President of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Michael Alogba, said the national body of the union would constitute a taskforce that would be saddled with the responsibility of ensuring total compliance with the government directives in both public and private schools, warning unqualified teachers to leave the Nigerian school system, Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Oyo State, Prof Adeniyi Olowofela, stated that the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi in the state would key into the policy because the governor prioritizes quality.

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