TRCN laments states’ refusal to recruit teachers

The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, has said that the country has a total of 2.3 million registered while only a little over 400,000 have been licensed by the body.

He also knocked some states for failing to recruit new teachers to fill old and existing vacancies.

Speaking further, Ajiboye insisted that the teaching profession would no longer be a job for “the boys” as the council was working assiduously to ensure that the practice was regulated.

“Over 2.3 million teachers have been registered, out of which over 400,000 have been fully licensed by the council. We are also speaking to states to ensure that teachers are recruited. We have states that have not recruited teachers in the last 10 years.”

On the issue of lack of qualification of private school teachers, Ajiboye said, “We are working with the AGF to get a fiat. It will help us to prosecute, go after erring institutions because the law establishing TRCN utterly gives us the power to prosecute. But we need the fiat to be able to do that.

“We are discussing with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to be able to prosecute. And when we get that, it will not be difficult for us to be able to go after some of these institutions.

“The problem we have is that education is on the concurrent list. These private schools are not registered by the Federal Government, they are registered by state governments.

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