The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) said 3,650 teachers failed in its second series annual Professional Qualifying Examination conducted between 12th and 14th November across the country.
Registrar/Chief Executive of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, who stated this in Abuja on Friday while briefing journalists on the achievements recorded by the Council, said a total of 17,602 candidates sat for the examination that qualifies one as professional teacher.
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He added that 11,487 candidates passed while 3,650 teachers failed in the exercise.
“A total of 17,602 candidates took the examination, 11,487 passed which is 75.9percent while 3,650 candidates failed, which is 24.1 per cent,” he said.
According to him, the number of those who passed put the number of qualified teachers to about 2.2 million, adding that TRCN will in no too distant time release the present figure of quacks operating in the nation’s teaching profession.
While noting that the announcement of special salary package and other benefits for teachers by President Muhammadu Buhari remains top as its greatest achievement for 2020, the TRCN boss expressed delight that the National Council of Education has recently approved all as announced by the President during the recent World Teachers Day.
Prof Ajiboye said the next step is to secure the nod of the Federal Executive Council, adding that the National Assembly is also expected to intervene in amending relevant laws to allow for the increased in service and retirement years for teachers.
Speaking further, Ajiboye said TRCN mobilised over 60,000 teachers for various digital skills training in 2020 in collaboration with other relevant bodies.
The TRCN boss commended President Buhari, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Minister of State, Emeka Nwajiuba, for their support to Nigerian teaching profession.