11,350 candidates across the country have sat for the May Diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Andrew Adejo, who monitored the conduct of the examination on Saturday in Abuja, expressed satisfaction with the conduct.
Adejo, said the new technology introduced by the council to get the authenticity of the certificate of teachers, would go a long way to weed out quackery from the teaching profession.
He said;, “last year we just moved from accreditation and candidates go straight to write but this year, accreditation has a double level.” This year, candidates will have to first do the accreditation, fill the form and you also cross-check your slip with the APP that TRCN has developed to give it authenticity”.
He, urged state and federal educational quality assurance team to ensure teachers have the required qualifications and skills to teach.
The Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye said the report from centres across the country indicated hitch free processes.”There has been improvement in the accreditation process because part of what we did was to develop an APP to accredit the candidates and this is working perfectly well.”
“For this year, we have over 11,350 with Lagos having the highest with 1,500 candidates followed by FCT, while Kebbi has the lowest candidates.” So, what we did is to combine states with lower candidates,” he said..
Speaking with some of the candidates, they attested to the fact that the technology introduced by the council had help in checking some of the discrepancies in its accreditation processes.
One of the candidates, Idongesit Ben, said that the exam was conducted smoothly without any technical hitches..
” On her part, Mrs Titilope Yunusa, who was writing for the second time, said the exam was better than her last attempt.”This is my second time of writing this exam and I don’t want to fail this time around. I experienced difficulties in my first attempt because I don’t really know how to operate the computers.”
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Julian Osamoto