The federal government of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari leadership has declared that only 1st class and 2nd class upper graduates will be employed as teachers from now onward. The federal government wants to attract only the best brains to the teaching profession. The declaration was made by the Federal Minister of Education through it permanent secretary Sonny Echono, insisting that the new policy must be implemented at both the federal level, state level and even private institutions.
Only graduates with second class upper and first class certificate will be allowed into the teaching profession henceforth the Education minister stated. The federal government of Nigeria says it will begin limiting the entry point of teaching only to graduates with second class upper and first-class divisions. This was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education, Sonny Echono on Saturday, 14th November 2020.
Sonny Echnono said teachers without requisite qualifications, competencies and practicing license are presently going to be migrated out of the Nigerian Teaching Service. That means from January 2021, all teachers in both federal, state and privates schools without first class or second class upper division will lose their jobs.
He went further to state that they will be a cleansing in all the federal, state and private schools in Nigeria both in secondary, primary and nursery category and that any teacher without First Class or Second Upper division will be removed from the teaching profession and only graduates with First Class or Second Upper division will be allowed to continue as teachers.
According to his words;
“By January 2021, we will not engage teachers if they don’t meet the particular threshold, we are now limiting entry point of teaching only to the best who are qualified, we will engage individuals with second class upper and first-class divisions.”
Sonny Echono made the comment in Abuja while monitoring the conduct of the 2020 October Diet Batch B Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examinations, (PQE). He added: “We will make arrangements for conversion programmes for people who have these categories of results from other fields, they need to learn pedagogy and methodology, through the NTI and the TRCN, and they will undergo specific programmes that will empower them to teach.”
Sonny Echono maintained that the entry-level will be higher and they will get better remuneration with peculiar allowances, adding that concerned education agencies are finalizing figures with the National Income Salaries and Wages. The Federal government, according to him, is more interested in learning outcomes, and that a National Implementation Committee on teachers’ revitalization/resuscitation plan will be inaugurated before the end of November 2020.
According to his words; “We must enforce Mr. President’s directive that only qualified teachers will be allowed into our classrooms. The Professional Qualifying Examinations is going on smoothly across 34 states and the feedback has been good.”
It had earlier been reported that teachers all over Nigeria without qualifications stipulated by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) will be shown the way to the door soon. This was revealed by the registrar of TRCN, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, who said that the objective of the federal government is to make future leaders of Nigerian children by improving the standard of education.
He also said that henceforth teaching will become an enviable profession in the country going by the approval of Teachers’ Career Path through the national council on education. He further stated that teachers will soon start earning attractive salaries and teaching profession will become one of the highly paid professions in the country.
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