Prof Josiah Ajiboye, the Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has reiterated that more investment and monitoring must go into the education sector if the country must make more giant developmental strides.
Speaking during a one-day workshop for members of the Education Correspondents’ Association of Nigeria (ECAN) facilitated by the TRCN, Prof Ajiboye emphasised the need to rid the teaching profession of quacks and unqualified teachers and also promote professionalism in the sector.
According to him, teachers were critical to the human and capital development of every nation, noting that their qualification and standard process must be accorded the highest form of scrutiny.
He, however, said the teacher qualification examination and the mandatory licencing of teachers before they can practice has begun to expose the quacks in the sector and strengthen the quality of teachers in Nigeria.
The TRCN Registrar maintained that Nigeria would develop and improve if it increased the quality of its teachers as well as the methods of teaching and learning in schools.
”A situation where anyone whether qualified and unqualified is free to stand in front of a classroom to teach is sheer anarchy and Nigeria is already paying a big price for that neglect of the sector,” Ajiboye cautioned.
He added that the success of every educational enterprise in terms of quality depends largely on the supply of professional teachers in the right mix to handle the various levels of education in society.
”The increasing awareness of the importance of education to the growth of individual and societal standards has awakened nations to vote resources to the sector.