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TRCN intensifies action to clamp down on unqualified teachers

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TRCN intensifies action to clamp down on unqualified teachers

By Cecilia Ijuo

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) is building the capacity of its staff members across Nigeria as part of efforts to step up the crackdown on unqualified teachers.

Council Registrar Prof Josiah Ajiboye said this during a two-day capacity training workshop for TRCN coordinators in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in Abuja on Wednesday.

The event is organized by TRCN with the financial support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Ajiboye said one of the cardinal points of the workshop was to provide the necessary training, to step up the crackdown on unqualified teachers across the country.

The Registrar, who noted with concern the damage done to the education sector by charlatans, said the council would not give in to “the elimination of those people, who believed the teaching profession to be everyone’s business. new arrivals “.

He added that the training was aimed at ensuring that staff members were well acquainted with the other work of the board.

“This is one of the main reasons we have this training, to take action against unqualified teachers.

“We started the app in 2020 but due to COVID-19 we stopped.

“We want to make sure that the staff at TRCN are aware of the activities of the organization, in terms of career development for teachers.

“We also want to make sure they are up to date on the departmental strategic plan as well as the professional standard for Nigerian teachers and the application of TRCN activities.

“The idea is that if we anchor them in the TRCN programs, they can go to the state level and implement our activities. “

Ajiboye noted that beyond that, the coordinators, who were representatives of the state-level registrar, should be able to talk about all of TRCN’s programs, such as teaching for excellence.

He advised schools to prioritize teacher training and retraining for effective delivery.

Mr Mamadou Lamine, Senior Education Program Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja, said UNESCO’s role is to help reposition the education sector in Nigeria.

He said: “This activity is part of UNESCO’s collaboration with TRCN, which began earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“UNESCO’s continued collaboration with the TRCN is in line with its mandate to coordinate and lead action towards the achievement of SDG 4.

“This is particularly relevant for addressing the issues raised in target 4.c.

“This calls on Member States to ensure that teachers and educators are empowered, properly recruited, well trained, professionally qualified, motivated and supported within systems that are adequately resourced, effective and effectively governed. “

He revealed that UNESCO’s work on teacher development was specifically in five areas.

According to him, they include the monitoring of international normative instruments concerning the teaching profession and the support to Member States in the development and revision of teacher policies and strategies.

He said others include capacity development to improve the quality of teaching and learning and improve knowledge and evidence base for the implementation and monitoring of teachers’ goal in Education 2030.

Lamine stressed that advocacy and knowledge sharing for the promotion of quality teaching and learning was also an area of ​​interest.

“I am happy to note that the UNESCO-TRCN collaboration has been focused and strategic.

“UNESCO was part of the team that supported the development of the career path policy for teachers in Nigeria.

“I am happy to see that this is one of the policies to be discussed and for which a follow-up strategy will be developed during this workshop.

“This meeting is also relevant to improve the knowledge and evidence base for the implementation and monitoring of the Teacher Goal in the Education 2030 focus area of ​​UNESCO’s work,” said Lamine.

He said that for TRCN to fulfill its mandate of regulating and monitoring the teaching profession at all levels, its staff must be equipped with the skills required to be relevant and effective at national and state levels.

He urged participants to take the opportunity to improve their knowledge and hone their skills to be more effective. (NAA)

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