December 2019 deadline to flush out unqualified teachers ― FG

The Federal Government has insisted that any teacher who fails to register and licensed by the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, will not be allowed to teach in Nigeria schools at the expiration of December 2019 deadline.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the Nigerian Union of Teachers workshop on privatisation and commercialisation of education in Abuja.

The workshop was held in conjunction with two organisations, Education International and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The Minister who was represented by the TRCN Registrar, Prof Olusegun Ajiboye, said the Federal Government would continue to encourage private participation in education, but would not encourage commercialisation so as not to take education out of the reach of the poor.

He said: “With the position of the National Council of Education, the TRCN has been mandated that by December 2019, anyone who has not registered, qualified and licensed by the council will no longer be allowed in our classrooms. And this position will be enforced to the letter.

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“Now, teachers still have the opportunity to take two professional qualifying examinations in May and October 2019 for them to get their registration and qualification.

“On commercialisation, it is obvious that the government can no longer fund education alone, so private participation is encouraged.

“But education cannot be commercialised, because it is not a commodity. We should dissuade anything that will lead to commercialisation of education.”

President of NUT, Dr. Mohammed Idris, in his remark, called for more funding of education, saying the bane of education in Nigeria has remained inadequate funding at all levels.

While insisting that teachers would continue to resist commercialization of education, frowned at some state governments, which have handed over public schools to private organisations.

Idris said: “The NUT has, over the years, vehemently opposed the handover of public schools by some state governments to private organisations. Information indicates that only recently, some primary schools have been handed over to faith-based organisations by Abia State government without recourse to stakeholders.

“Such handover is a gross violation of the Universal Right to Education and the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act 2004 which provides for a nine-year free and compulsory basic education for all children in Nigeria.

“Poor funding has also remained a major challenge in the management of primary education in Nigeria over the years. We are therefore concerned about the recent order by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit that all allocations accruable to the Local Government Councils go directly to their respective bank accounts.

“This order is likely to return primary education to the pre-1994 era when funds meant for salaries of primary school teachers were used for other purposes,” he said.

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