The plan is to stem the spate of unqualified teachers in the country.
On Saturday in Abuja, the federal government said that plans are in progress to adopt a career path policy for Nigerian teachers to stem the spate of unqualified teachers in the nation.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, said this while monitoring teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), coordinated by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the policy was intended to give primary and secondary teachers a clear vision of what’s on the horizon for them as they start the profession.
As indicated by him, a national implementation committee will be set up soon in that respect.
“We are planning to lead entry for those with First Class or Second Class Upper as a minimum, as we are serious about implementing the policy.
“Whether you are in the private sector, government, community, or faith-based school, we will enforce this policy to the fullest.
“The first thing that is going to happen is that TRCN and NTI are compiling a database of qualified teachers.
“That is, those that have been certified and those who have taken this examination who are unemployed,” he said.
He added that “we are arranging an enhanced remuneration package for such teachers, those teaching sciences and peculiar allowances for teachers taking students with special needs.
“We are currently working on a particular teacher’s salary scale.
“We are finalizing the figure with national salaries income and wages commission, and as we speak, some of them have been proposed.
“We are working with stakeholders on making a presentation with NUT. We are also considering views of employers like state governments and private school owners.”
In his remarks, the Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN, Josiah Ajiboye, stated, “the council started PQE with 7.000 and rose to over 40,000 in 2019”.
He noted that the 2020 figure dropped to 17 602 because of the COVID 19 Pandemic.
“We have a short period to register teachers for the examination, and perhaps that is why there is a sharp drop in the number. However, we feel very strongly that we are going to pick up next year.
“We promised Nigerians to be having this examination at least two times a year; that is why we have to go ahead.
“We will also commence registration for the next diet or set for 2021 to be held between February and March.”
Mr. Ajiboye expressed gratitude toward the Minister of Education, Adamu, for giving the mandate for work to begin on, facilitating teaching, ensuring allowance for science teachers, and teachers taking persons with special needs.
Meanwhile, Muktar Akoshile, a Civil Society Organization (CSO) agent who observed the PQE, said it was well conducted while COVID-19 guidelines were strictly adhered to.
According to him, “the examination gives CSOs the opportunity to rate the quality of teachers that the system was generating.”