At least 19, 273 teachers representing over 26 per cent of the 53, 674 teachers that wrote the December 2019 Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) failed.
The Registrar, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, disclosed the outcome of the examination in Abuja on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to Prof. Ajiboye, 72,947, out of 77,296 teachers that registered, participated in the examination.
However, Ajiboye said, “The result was not bad, because the average performance of those who passed the examination is 73.58 per cent, which is 53,674 candidates, while 26.42 per cent, representing 19,273 candidates, failed.
“The performances of the candidates are very encouraging; the Federal Ministry of Education and TRCN Governing Board are happy with it.”
He further explained that the council would not issue teaching certificate and license to any teacher without writing the examination.
He therefore stressed that, “The deadline of Dec. 31 is still certain but it does not mean the PQE has stopped. It has come to stay.
“We are planning to be organising the exams for teachers on quarterly basis to help more teachers to enrol, instead of writing twice in a year.
“We must have committed and qualified teachers; we also want to ensure that the teaching environment is in order.”
The registrar added that those who failed still have the opportunity to re-enroll and re-write the examination with the next set.
“Those who also passed should go ahead to register at the centre close to them to be able to get their certificates and licences as qualified teachers,” the registrar said.
Prof. Ajiboye maintained that TRCN would not compromise its position to flush out unregistered or unqualified teachers out of the education system by Dec. 31.
“It is not only TRCN’s position, but the position of National Council on Education and it has to be implemented.
“We will make sure we enforce the law and by January 2020, we will begin to move around for enforcement.”