Over 15,000 Teachers Take Professional Qualifying Exam

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No fewer than 15,750 teachers on Saturday sat for the November Diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination for teachers across the country. The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria conducts the examination to test the professional knowledge of those in the teaching profession.

Speaking with newsmen about the examinations in Abuja, the Director, Certification and Licensing, TRCN, Dr Jacinta Ezeahurukwe said the examination would ensure that teachers were licenced before going into the classrooms.

“TRCN PQE is taking place all over the nation. It started on November 23 in some states. Some other states wrote yesterday and today, the remaining states are writing.

“In all, we have 15,750 teachers writing the examination for the Batch B across the country. There was a time when we conducted exams for over 100,000 candidates. Our target is for those that have not registered.

“The exam is mandatory because teaching is a profession and for every profession, there must be a professional qualifying examination.

“One of the features of a profession is that apart from getting the academic qualification, the person must have a qualifying examination and must be registered and licensed.

“If you don’t write this examination, how do we know you are qualified to be registered as a teacher? So this examination is not testing subject knowledge, it’s about testing the professional knowledge of the teaching profession,” she said.

Ezeahurukwe said that the qualifying examination provides the content of the foundational knowledge that a teacher must possess and exhibit but which is part of teachers’ professional standards.

She, therefore, said that the results are expected to be out in two weeks.

“This is a computer-based examination and we expect that as candidates are writing, the computers are marking. However, we will still take our time to sieve out the results, analyse and look at them, and have the management consider and approve.

“The exams written in batches will not in any way lead to malpractices as no two persons can write the same exam.

“The questions are joggled and different categories have their own questions. The question for Category D, which is for NCE holders is different from Category C, which is for those with a first degree or Bachelor of Education or PGD.

“Questions for category B-Masters degree are also different from that of category A, and those with Ph.D. So the questions are never the same, they are according to your category,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, the Federal Ministry of Education, David Adejo, who commended the process, said it would go a long way to improve the quality of teachers in the country.

Represented by the Director of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement in the ministry, Dr Yusuf Saidi, he said it would also encourage quality teaching in schools.

Adejo called for more support for the council to deliver on its mandate in ensuring that Nigerian teachers are licensed to do their jobs.

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