The Plateau State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has called for the resuscitation of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to curb the influx of quacks into the teaching profession.
“Quacks, masquerading as teachers, dominate many schools; the only way out is to insist that teachers must be licensed like doctors, engineers or nurses,” Gunshin Yarlings, the Chairman, said in Jos.
Yarlings told the News Agency of Nigeria, on Friday that the NUT was working with stakeholders toward ensuring that no unqualified person was found in the class in 2018.
He regretted that the teaching profession had become a “dumping ground” for all comers, saying that teachers in some schools were secondary school dropouts, while the few qualified ones were NCE holders.
Yarlings said: “The Presidency and the National Assembly are aware of our efforts to register qualified teachers.
“We believe that the teaching profession should be respected.
“Teachers are currently filling registration forms and deductions will be made in their income so as to be certificated by the TCRN.
“From 2018, we shall commence operation show your license.”
Yarlings appealed to the Plateau State Government to pay special attention to private schools to ensure that proprietors satisfied criteria for establishing schools, before being permitted to do so.
He said the NUT was encouraging members to go for further studies, so as to boost their service delivery skills.
He said: “We are sensitising members to further their studies; anybody that is satisfied with his or her current status is in danger.
“It is this feeling of false contentment that caught up with some teachers during the recent bio-metric verification exercise.”
NAN reports that the TRCN, established by Decree 31 of 1993, is responsible for determining the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become registered teachers.
The council, which is also expected to enforce ethical conduct and regulate the teaching profession, through the conduct of professional examinations, has remained largely ineffective over the years.