TRCN PQE: Teachers Express Dissatisfaction with Exam

Teachers across the country have expressed their displeasure with the ongoing Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria examination, which is scheduled to end by December 31, 2019.

The teachers, who shared their experiences on Facebook, said they did not see the need to sit for the examination after attending a College of Education.

Some of the teachers, who complained of disorderliness during the examination, said a training workshop should have been organised by TRCN before asking them to take the examination.

In his comment, Prince Wale Smart on his Facebook platform said, “If the TRCN certificate would be the major requirement for teaching, then let us forget about the National Certificate in Education, the Bachelor in Education degree and others. Let us focus on just TRCN. I am against the issue of annual subscription and renewal. Do we have to renew certificates?”

For Chimdimma Amaechi, all TRCN wanted to achieve was to make more money for the government. She wrote on her Facebook platform, “What TRCN wanted was just money; they came to our institution during graduation and inducted us into the council after we paid the registration fees. No examination was conducted. That was five years ago.”

Another teacher, Chidi Ejiogu, expressed dissatisfaction with the way the TCRN conducted the examination.

“I am totally disappointed. I wrote the TCRN examination last week Friday; I had a very ugly experience. I arrived at the venue at 9.15 am and got registered immediately. Like many other candidates who came for the examination.

“I made it to the hall around 3 pm. When I went through the questions, I shook my head in disbelief. About 65 questions was set on the multi-choice pattern. How can you assess a teacher without subjecting him or her to essay questions? If a teacher cannot communicate with learners because he/she is grammatically challenged or has horrible handwriting, how does TRCN rectify the defects? I teach English Language and should be examined based on my area of specialisation. I left the examination venue looking confused,” he said.

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