FG pegs the entry requirement benchmark for teachers at first-class

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The Federal Government said on Saturday only professionally qualified teachers with first-class degrees would be employed as teachers starting from next year.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echonu made this known during a monitoring exercise of the Professional Qualifying Examination,PQE, organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria,TRCN.

The government which said it would also consider people with 2.1 qualifications, explained that the measure was part of its renewed efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools.

The permanent secretary added that a national implementation committee would be inaugurated in the coming week to ensure the federal government’s agenda on teachers’ registration and revitalization was achieved.

He said: “With effect from next year, we will not admit or engage people as teachers if they don’t meet a particular threshold. We are now limiting entry to only the best.

“You must have a first-class or 2:1 as a minimum requirement and if you have qualification in other subjects that are not education-related, we will arrange for a conversion programme to be administered by NTI, TRCN, and any university that has faculties of education or this programme because you also have to learn ways of communicating and managing students.

“We are migrating teachers who are not qualified or do not have the requisite qualifications, competency, not licensed or registered out of our classrooms to make way for qualified personnel because we want to achieve learning and teaching and learning occur in our schools.”

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