Teacher short­age has hit cri­sis point – Coun­cil

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mis­bahu Bashir

The Teach­ers Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nigeria (TRCN) yes­ter­day said teacher short­age is wors­en­ing, as only 1.8 mil­lion teach­ers have li­censes to teach in schools across the coun­try.

The Reg­is­trar, Pro­fes­sor Josiah Oluse­gun Aji­boye made the re­mark at a me­dia brief­ing in Abuja.

He said with the surge in pop­u­la­tion of school chil­dren and in­crease in num­ber of schools, only 1.8 mil­lion teach­ers were li­censed to teach, an in­di­ca­tion that the coun­try’s teacher short­ages has hit ‘cri­sis’ point.

He said there were over 1.5 mil­lion reg­is­tered teach­ers in the coun­try by Au­gust 2016 and the coun­cil pro­vided ad­di­tional teach­ing li­censes to 130,645 teach­ers between Au­gust 2, 2016 and Au­gust 2, 2017.

Aji­boye said the coun­cil would pub­lish the num­ber of sub­ject teach­ers in each state and take away all un­reg­is­tered teach­ers from schools by next year.

He said the coun­cil had given 21 let­ters of pro­fes­sional stand­ing to Nige­rian teach­ers seek­ing teach­ing jobs abroad, as well as car­ried out ac­cred­i­ta­tion vis­its to teacher train­ing in­sti­tu­tions to as­cer­tain stan­dard of their cour­ses.

He said the coun­cil had rein­tro­duced the Teach­ers’ Pro­fes­sional Qual­i­fy­ing Ex­am­i­na­tion and separate mod­ules and tests were de­vel­oped for four cat­e­gories of teach­ers namely; PhD, mas­ters, first de­gree and NCE hold­ers.

He also said the Na­tional Coun­cil on Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­proved the re­turn of his­tory as sub­ject in schools.

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