Our plans for teachers in 2022 — TRCN

The Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has highlighted plans for teachers, anchored on professionalism and welfare in year 2022.

Registrar Chief Executive of the council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, gave the hint in an exclusive interview with Nigerian Tribune.

According  to him, “TRCN’s priority as a regulatory agency is to always promote teachers’ professionalism and welfare and we will not deviate from pursuing this course at any time.”

He said the council was able to do something substantial in its mandates in the just-concluded year.

“We have been able to conduct what we call mandatory continued development in digital and online teaching training programmes for many teachers in two out of the three geopolitical zones we mapped out for the year.

“We trained about 480 teachers under the global partnership project of the Federal Ministry of Education and UNICEF on digital literacy and online teaching nationwide.

“Now, we have a clear direction of where we are going as we target about 30,000 as the next set of teachers who are spread across the country to train this year with the programme commencing this January.”

Explaining further, Professor Ajiboye said TRCN had decided to intensify the training programmes as digital literacy and online teaching skills are required for any teacher to remain relevant and effective in the post COVID-19 pandemic era.

“That is the way we can circumvent the challenges of the pandemic in the education sector as educators and a country, “ he stressed.

He, however, urged teachers both in the public and private schools to develop the culture of going for self-development to acqu`ire new skills and knowledge rather than waiting for their employers to do the same for them.

He said it wasn’t as if the government would not organise training programmes for teachers, particularly in public schools, but they shouldn’t wait until then before they upgrade themselves.

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