Official: FG to engage 1st class, 2nd class upper graduates as teachers

Official: FG to engage 1st class, 2nd class upper graduates as teachers

- The federal government wants to attract only the best brains to the teaching profession

- A new policy to ensure this is already being implemented at the federal level

- Only individuals with second class upper and first class will be allowed into the profession henceforth

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The federal government says it will begin limiting the entry point of teaching only to individuals with second class upper and first-class divisions.

This was disclosed by the permanent secretary, federal ministry of education, Sonny Echono on Saturday, November 14.

Echnono said teachers without requisite qualifications, competencies and practicing license are presently migrated out of the Nigerian Teaching Service.

FG To Engage 1st Class, 2nd Class Upper Graduates As Teachers
President Buhari had earlier stated that only the best should be allowed to teach. Photo credit: @MBuhari
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His words:

“By 2021, we will not engage teachers if they don’t meet the particular threshold, we are now limiting entry point of teaching only to the best who are qualified, we will engage individuals with second class upper and first-class divisions.”

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Echono made the comment in Abuja while monitoring the conduct of the 2020 October Diet Batch B Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examinations, (PQE).

He added:

“We will make arrangements for conversion programmes for people who have these categories of results from other fields, they need to learn pedagogy, methodology, through the NTI and the TRCN, and they will undergo specific programmes that will empower them to teach.”

He maintained that the entry-level will be higher and they will get better remuneration with peculiar allowances, adding that concerned education agencies are finalising figures with National Income Salaries and Wages.

The Federal government, according to him, is more interested in learning outcomes, and that a National Implementation Committee on teachers’ revitalization/resuscitation plan will be inaugurated before the end of November 2020.

He said:

“We must enforce Mr. President’s directive that only qualified teachers will be allowed into our classrooms. The Professional Qualifying Examinations is going on smoothly across 34 states and the feedback has been good.”

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This was revealed by the registrar of TRCN, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, who said that the objective of the federal government is to make future leaders of Nigerian children by improving the standard of education.

He also said that henceforth teaching will become an enviable profession in the country going by the approval of Teachers’ Career Path through the national council on education.

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