Why Candidates In Sokoto, Zamfara Did Not Write Teachers Professional Exams - TRCN Acting Director - EDU-BIZNEWS


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Why Candidates In Sokoto, Zamfara Did Not Write Teachers Professional Exams - TRCN Acting Director

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has explained why candidates in Sokoto and Zamfara States did not write last Saturday's teachers professional qualifying examination written by a total of 9,204 teachers across the country

TRCN's Acting Director of of Certification and Licensing, Dr Jacenta Ogboso revealed that the council decided to reschedule the examination in the two states because of the recent security situation 

Ogboso who made this known in Abuja while supervising the examination at SALSCON International School, however assured that the rescheduled  examination would hold in the two states as soon as security situation gets better 

She lauded the outstanding performances of Nigerian teachers in external examinations, saying they  emerged as top 60 in Cambridge dedicated teacher award 

Ogboso noted that 125 candidates registered for the exercise in Sokoto while 151 candidates registered in Zamfara state

“We have to reschedule the exam for Sokoto and Zamfara states because we want to be sure of the situation. So those two are not writing today. They are going to either write online or we find another time,” she stated

She further disclosed that 663 candidates sat for the exam in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, while  praising the conduct of the exercise which she described as very smooth 

According to her, TRCN started this exam since 2017 and keeps improving on the processes.

On fighting malpractice in the conduct of the exercise, she said TRCN has put in place a process of accreditation through a platform that the ICT department has developed, which is able to detect the actual people registered for the examination to avoid impersonation of candidates.

Her words, "every candidate is expected to go to the area where he or she registered to be accredited, and that candidates were not allowed  into the exam hall with phones or any banned item to ensure that nobody does anything funny".

“Inside the exam hall, we have our officers who go round to check each person to the computer that is being used to ensure that the photograph of that person is the same with the person writing that examination".

Ogboso disclosed that the examination has been reduced to two diet per year due to reduction in applications, adding that the surge in applications earlier experienced at the peak of the PQE was due to the rush to meet the deadline for implementation of government’s policy of ensuring that only professionally qualified teachers were in its school system.

“In 2019, 2020, we recorded 69,000 and in in a year we were recording over 100,000; that was at the peak of the registration when TRCN wanted to enter into the implementation of unqualified people leaving the classroom as had been mandated by the federal ministry of education,” she said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. David Adejo, who also monitored the exercise at SALSCON International School, said teachers who have not registered to write the PQE were not teachers as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“For instance, in the medical profession, after your university, there is a compulsory exam you must pass before you are a doctor; and for a teacher, you must pass through this compulsory exam before you are a teacher.

So, those who have not pass through this process are only at best to be said to be impersonating, and government cannot allow that going forward; we need to standardise the teaching practice; this exam is one of things that will so that,” Adejo said.

He praised the conduct of the exercise noting that the processes of accreditation, examination, and resetting of the systems for the next set of people to come into the hall was great as everything went peacefully and orderly.

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