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Regulator tasks teachers on professionalism, improved education sector in Nigeria

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*The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria stresses it is essential for teachers to make deliberate efforts at ensuring they are at par with their counterparts in other climes

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For considerable improvement in the all-important education sector, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN),  has urged teachers to develop themselves in their chosen profession.

ConsumerConnect gathered Prof. Ajiboye gave the advice at the 24th Annual Seminar of the Nigerian Academy of Education Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Abuja, FCT.

At the event with the “Professionalisation of Teaching in Nigeria: Past, Present and Future”, the TRCN Registrar, the Keynote Speaker at the seminar, said that it was important for teachers to make deliberate efforts at ensuring that they meet up with their colleagues in other climes, agency report said.

All Nigerian teachers must be technologically sound as it would strengthen their capacities and support the learning process of their students, he noted.

The Registrar also stated: “It was pathetic to see that most public schools in Nigeria were closed during the COVID-19 lockdown era because we lack the use of technology.

“Some private schools continued teaching because they were already acquainted with digital literacy.

“So as a 21st century teacher, you must be technologically sound so that yourselves and your students will not be left behind.”

Ajiboye further said that the teaching profession is crucial as a major driver of the education process in the country, and as such, priority must be given to the teachers.

He, therefore, urged state governments to ensure they implement the new law, which would allow teachers to retire at 65 years of age.

Speaking at the forum,  Prof. Kabiru Isyaku, President, Nigerian Academy of Education, said that for the quality of Nigeria’s education to meet up with the advanced countries, all stakeholders must work together to develop the teaching profession.

Isyaku stated: “We have to develop our teaching profession because that is where human capital development starts and it starts with its personnel.

“Also, if we want quality of anything, you have to pay for it. We must prioritise education.”

He added: “There must be cost-sharing in education by parents, government, by users of the institutions.”

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