The Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Prof. Josiah Ajiboye has declared that unqualified persons in the teaching profession are not teachers but cheaters.
He added that they don’t only cheat the pupils/students but the system.
The TRCN boss spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council and INSTILL Education on bringing in new dynamics to the profession.
Ajiboye said contrary to several speculations about the South West and its teachers of private schools, 70 percent have been discovered not qualified.
Lamenting that 70 percent of the unqualified teachers lacked the prerequisites to be registered by the Council, the TRCN boss stated that a large number of teachers in Nigeria have never been exposed to training and have been using outdated equipment for illustration.
He said: “A large number of teachers in private schools in Nigeria today are not qualified. We wanted to use a consultant to get revenue from teachers in private schools. When we carried out a survey, we observed that a reasonable amount of 70% of teachers in the South-West are not qualified as well.
“They are not registrable with the TRCN. So that is to tell you that there is a big gap. So you cannot call them teachers but cheaters. You know that there’s a difference between teachers and cheaters. If you are not a teacher, you must be a cheater.
“These people do not possess the requisite qualification to register them and so there’s a big gap. So we are looking into the future to fill up that gap like it’s done in South Africa.”
STORY: www.thenationonlineng.net | By Frank Ikpefan