The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said teachers, who by 2019 have not been certified by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, will be flushed out of the classrooms.
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Adamu sounded this warning while monitoring the 2018 Batch A Teacher Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) in Abuja on Saturday.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sonny Echono, who represented the minister, said the importance of having qualified teachers could not be overemphasize as it has positive effect on the nation in general.
“The person at the centre of it all is the teacher, not the pupils and if the teachers are not qualified and properly equipped then how can they give our children the best.
“So as a government we are insisting that we must raise the standards; we must become like other countries of the world.
“We have set a deadline for ourselves and we are going to enforce it.
“If by 2019 you are not a qualified, certified and registered teacher, you will be removed from our classrooms and we will give the job to those who are qualified,” Adamu said.