Over 11,000 teachers write professional qualifying exam

Photo of a teacher used to illustrate the story
Photo of a teacher used to illustrate the story

No fewer than 11,350 teachers nationwide have sat for the May Diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), organized by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

The permanent secretary of, the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Andrew Adejo, while monitoring the conduct of the examination at Sascon International School in Abuja on Saturday, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the examination

Mr. Adejo, who commended the new technology introduced by the council to get the authenticity of the certificate of teachers, said the examination had witnessed some improvement.

He said this would go a long way to weed out quackery from the system.

According to him, last year we just moved from accreditation and candidates went straight to write but this year, accreditation has a double level.

“This year, candidates will have to first do the accreditation, fill the form and you also cross-check your slip with the App that TRCN has developed to give it authenticity.

“So I think they are improving on an incremental basis every year on the process for PQE for teachers.

“The federal government is making efforts to weed out quacks but you know it is very difficult but this exam is part of the way we can weed out quacks.

”We are insisting that before you can be a teacher in every school, you must meet the basic minimum standard.

“As of today, at the junior and senior secondary as well as early childhood school levels, quackery is reducing,” he said

He said the ministry was working on cleaning the teachers’ database so as to have fewer quacks in the profession so that quackery does not affect the standard and quality of the country’s education.

He, therefore, urged state and federal educational quality assurance teams to ensure teachers have the required qualifications and skills to teach.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye said the report from centres across the country indicated hitch-free processes.

Mr. Ajiboye commended the candidates for comporting themselves before and during the exams saying that teachers were now realizing the importance of the PQE.

”There has been improvement in the accreditation process because part of what we did was to develop an APP to accredit the candidates and this is working perfectly well.

” For this year, we have over 11,350 with Lagos having the highest with 1,500 candidates followed by FCT, while Kebbi has the lowest number of candidates.

” So, what we did is to combine states with lower candidates,” he said.

The registrar said that the council was leveraging technology for its operations to track quackery while also putting necessary measures to weed out quacks through its school monitoring programme mechanism.

Speaking with some of the candidates, they attested that the technology introduced by the council had helped check some of the discrepancies in its accreditation processes.

One of the candidates, Idongesit Ben, said that the exam was conducted smoothly without any technical hitches.

Ms. Ben said that the exam was a bit difficult as it was her first time hoping to succeed after the outcome of the exams.

“We had 60 questions to answer which were made up of Tests and Measurements, Basic Mathematics, English, Educational Psychology, and Sociology.

“The exams were a little bit difficult for me because it was not what I expected having read through the TRCN past questions but I hope to come out successful,” she said.

On her part, Mrs. Titilope Yunusa, writing for the second time, said the exam was better than her first attempt.

“This is my second time writing this exam and I don’t want to fail this time around. I experienced difficulties in my first attempt because I don’t really know how to operate the computers.

“But now I have learned the operations of a computer system and can now operate it and that is why I am here to take the examination again.

“I am confident of passing the exams this time,” she said.