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OVER 12,000 TEACHERS SAT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING EXAMINATION

The Federal Government assures that plans are being made to ensure better digitally equipped centers for teachers across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The Minister of State for Education, prof. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, gave the assurance while inspecting the Batch B Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) for teachers in Abuja.
He said the ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Technology to use the digital bridge institutes already in the six geopolitical zones for exchange programs and possibly future examinations through an exchange program and are already working out the details.

According to him, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has been mandated to work with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT
towards activating the one teacher one computer program where the Ministry of Education will enable those who need laptops to have them with a repayment plan of about three to four years.
The minister expressed satisfaction with the conduct as adequate time was taken to monitor what TRCN has put in place for the conduct of the 2021 Batch B Professional Qualifying Examination for teachers.
The minister of state said The integrity of the examination is clear as everyone is complying.
The Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono, who also monitored the examination in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), expressed satisfaction with the conduct.
He said the federal government has embarked on major reforms in the sector, particularly with regard to teaching and learning.
He said Teachers will also begin to use facilities rather than what we are using in most of our schools today.

On the deadline for all teachers to sit for qualifying examination, the permanent secretary said, it is true they gave a deadline to remove all unqualified teachers from schools and that created a lot of impetus and they, therefore, had to schedule different diets for the professional examination.
He said TRCN has been mandated to do a marking of all qualified teachers both employed and unemployed in all the states of the federation.
Arch Echono said the data would be made available to the governors so that they can use it in recruiting qualified teachers when necessary.

The TRCN Acting Director, Certification and Licensing, Jacinta Ametepe Ogboso, disclosed that there was a decline in the number of candidates that sat for the 2021 examination.
She said it was largely due to the fact that many had written the examination in the past.
She also hinted that the conduct of the examination is getting better by the day, following more awareness and better use of ICT among teachers.
“We have 12,586 candidates for the examination across the 36 states of the federation, except Zamfara.

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