3,963 teachers failed Nov. Qualifying exam-TRCN

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The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council(TRCN)Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, has said that 3,963 teachers out of 15, 753, failed November diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination(PQE).

Ajiboye, who made this known at an interactive session in Abuja, said the number of teachers who failed the examination accounted for 37.1 per cent of the total number of teachers that sat for the examination.

“A total of 15,753 sat for the examination in 38 centres across the country. Out of this, we have 10,636 that passed. This is about 72.9 percent.

“Those that failed are 3,963 representing 37.1 per cent.

The registrar also said that cases of examination malpractice were recorded and treated accordingly to serve as deterrent.

“All the cases of examination malpractices that were reported were treated accordingly all over the country and the results cancelled as punitive measures.

“All the cases were identified or recorded because we have evidence against them.”

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On compliance, the TRCN boss said plans were underway to get a fiat from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), to empower the council to prosecute unqualified teachers.

He said “It will help us to prosecute and go after erring institutions because the law establishing TRCN utterly gives us the power to prosecute. But we need the fiat to be able to do that.

“When we get that, it will not be difficult for us to go after some of these institutions.

“The problem we have is that education is on the concurrent list.

“These private schools are not registered by the federal government, they are registered by state governments.

“We have been discussing with them to confirm the list of their teachers to ensure they are not cheaters but qualified.”

On performance, the registrar said the council was faced with challenges due to the 2023 general elections.

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He, however said it was able to achieve its set goals for the year, adding that part of the achievement was offsetting some bills incurred before his assumption of office.

He assured that more would be done in 2024, adding that “I want to assure Nigerians that we will make sure we shift our focus with more emphasis on private schools in 2024.”

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