- Teachers have been given December 2019 deadline to register with and get licensed by the TRCN
- Any teacher who fails to register and get licensed will not be allowed to teach in Nigeria schools at the expiration of the deadline
- The federal government said it would continue to work with the private sector to better education
The federal government has said that any teacher who does not register and get license from the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) will not be allowed to teach in Nigeria if they fail to do so by December 2019 deadline.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, made this known on Thursday, May 23, in Abuja at the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) workshop on commercialisation and privatisation of education, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The minister, represented by the TRCN registrar, Professor Olusegun Ajiboye, said the government would keep encouraging private participation in education.
Ajiboye, however, added that the federal government would not support the commercialisation of education so that even the poor can have access to it.
He said: “With the position of the National Council of Education, the TRCN has been mandated that by December 2019, anyone who has not registered, qualified and licensed by the council will no longer be allowed in our classrooms. And this position will be enforced to the letter.
“On commercialisation, it is obvious that the government can no longer fund education alone, so private participation is encouraged. But education cannot be commercialised, because it is not a commodity. We should dissuade anything that will lead to commercialisation of education.”
Mohammed Idris, the president of NUT, also called for more funding for the sector, saying inadequate money has been the main problem of education in the country.
He said the union has for years been very opposed to the transfer of public schools to private organisations, adding that such is a violation of the Universal Right to Education and Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act 2004.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday, May 23, threatened to embark on another strike over federal government failure to keep its own side of the bargain on the 2019 Memorandum of Action.
ASUU's national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking in Abuja said the N25 billion which the federal government, through the minister of education said it had approved for the union was meant to be a part-payment of the Earned Academic Allowances is yet to be released.
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