No fewer than 11,350 candidates on Saturday participated in the first batch of the Professional Qualifying Examination organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.
TRCN Registrar, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this while monitoring the exercise at Sascon International School Maitama, Abuja, stated that reports from across the country revealed that the exam went on smoothly. He said Lagos had the highest registered candidates while Kebbi State had the lowest.
Ajiboye was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, David Adejo.
Ajiboye added, “All over the country, we have about 11,350 candidates taking the exam, with Lagos State having the highest with 1,500 plus candidates, followed by Kano State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Also, you have a state like Kebbi with the lowest number of candidates for the examination.
“There have been a lot of improvements with regards to even the accreditation procedure. Part of what we did was to develop an App to accredit candidates, which is working perfectly.”
He said the examination, conducted in all the states, started on Wednesday.
Ajiboye said the examination should be taken seriously and that one of the ways of weeding out quacks in the teaching profession was the PQE as nobody could get the TRCN licence without passing a provisional qualifying examination.
He added, “Even if you are a professor, you have to take this examination before you can get the certificate and licence. So, part of the process for weeding out this quackery in the profession is what we are on. Another thing we are doing in that regard is school monitoring, which is a continuous exercise. We will not relent.”
The permanent secretary commended TRCN for the improvement in the accreditation and conduct of the examination.