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Lagos will no longer employ teachers without TRCN certificate

The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, said on Thursday that teachers without the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Certificate would no longer be employed in the state.

Ms. Oladunjoye made the statement during the 1st induction ceremony of the council for graduates of National Teachers Institute’s, NTI, National Certificate of Education, NCE, programme and Post Graduate Diploma in Education, PGDE, graduates of the institute for the 2010-2012 session.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 250 NCE and 600 PGDE students who graduated from NTI were inducted by the council during the ceremony.

The commissioner was represented by Banji Alase, Policy Officer from the state Ministry of Education at the occasion.

“There will be no more employment for teachers without the TRCN certificate and those in service without the certificate will no longer be promoted,” she said.

She, however, pleaded with the body to dispatch the 4,000 certificates in its custody to their respective owners.

Ms. Oladunjoye also requested the council to strengthen the disciplinary committee set up five years ago for the monitoring of teachers, so as to enhance qualitative education.

“Teachers involved in examination malpractice and immoral acts with students should be taken before the disciplinary committee set up by TRCN,” she said.

In his response, Gahiru Rhoney, who represented the registrar, assured the commissioner that the disciplinary committee was still very active and up to the task assigned to it.

He commended the effort of the state in its drive to make teaching more professional.

In his remarks, Olatunji Enilolobo, the state coordinator of the council, emphasised the importance of a licence for the teachers guaranteed by the TRCN.

Emphasising the importance of the licence, the coordinator said it would be renewed after its expiration and its renewal was subject to passing a professional examination.

He said that the licence was inevitable for anyone who was interested in pursuing a career in the teaching profession.

In her remark, a quality assurance officer from the University of Ibadan, advised teachers to uphold their integrity and help in securing the nation.

“The security of a nation lies on the quality of education; the quality of education depends on the quality of teachers.

“Be a professional teacher with a difference with zero tolerance for malpractice,” she said.

The South-West Coordinator of the NTI said she was happy with the development in Lagos State and advised those inducted to be more professional in their teaching.

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