The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has called on the National Assembly to pass into law a bill for the amendment of the TRCN Act.
The TRCN said stakeholders should unite to save the teaching profession in Nigeria.
While blaming the inefficient regulation of teachers in Nigeria to obsolete rules, the organisation challenged teachers in the country to brace up intellectually with a view to imparting quality education to pupils.
The Executive Secretary of TRCN, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, represented by his Assistant Director (Department of Planning, Research and Statistics), Dr Magaji Waziri, expressed these views during a one-day training for Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria.
The training was titled, ‘Regulating the Teaching Profession in COVID – 19 era.’
“The TRCN wishes to use its tentacle to call on government, the education providers, funders and all stakeholders in education sector to save the teaching profession in the country”, he said.
According to him, the TRCN was working on strategies aimed at repositioning the teaching profession in the country.
Ajiboye said there was need to address the challenge of teachers’ professionalism during the pandemic.
He said, “The theme seeks to address the burning issue of the teaching profession in the period of pandemic. The issue of teaching profession has been in the front burner in recent years.
“The workshop is apt, highly commendable and the transformative tendencies it could bring will address the issues through functional programme of the TRCN.’’
The TRCN’s Assistant Director, Dr. Abimbola Okunola, said the country needed to refocus the conversation on developing the critical sector.
According to Okunola, such could be done by identifying national education vision that will drive processes and investment, adding that the country’s educational sector must be tailored to meet her needs.
Okunola said, “Our policy is in comatose, we should stop putting blame on the government. We can advise and come up with best solutions that can lead to the advancement of the country.
“The future of our nation is determined by the quality of its education system because our schools produce leaders in all areas.
“March 25, 2020, about 165 countries closed down their schools, 1.5 billion children were asked to stay at home. 45 million teachers in Nigeria were also asked to stay at home and two million private school teachers were left without any means of sustenance.
“It calls for everybody to look inward on what can be done to change the curve. It is time for Nigeria to refocus the conversation that will drive processes and investment in the sector.’’
Source: Punch News