The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has inducted 784 fresh graduate teachers from the Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze into the Nigerian teaching service.
Registrar and Chief executive of the council, Professor Addison Wokocha advised the inductees to take their induction into the council with the highest level of seriousness and commitment to professionalism Wokocha, who spoke at the maiden registration and induction ceremony for Masters, PDE, first degree and NCE programmes of the institution, said the induction was necessitated by the clamour for professionalism in the country’s teaching profession.
The council’s chief executive who was represented on the occasion by Alhaji Ibrahim Romi said that the induction was done to check quackery in the profession.
He said TRCN was poised to regulate teacher education, training and practice at all levels of the education system to match teachers’ quality, discipline, professionalism, reward and dignity to ensure international best practices.
According to him, the council was out to achieve such objectives by promoting excellence in education through effective registration, certification and licensing of teachers, and promoting professionalism through accreditation, monitoring and supervision of teacher- education programmes.
Speaking earlier, provost of the college, Professor Josephat Ogbuagu urged the graduating teachers to take advantage of the opportunity that has exempted them from the rigours of the processes of being registered as teachers.
“I want you to count yourselves fortunate to have this privilege of being inducted as full-fledged professional teachers by the TRCN. The college in affiliation with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has produced degree graduates as well as NCE and PDE with the latest contents that meet general and specialist pedagogical requirements for professional registration and induction of teachers.
“That is why it started with Teacher Technical Certificate, TTC, which was in vogue at the inception of the college. However, with the commencement of the PDE, TRCN has considered all other previously accepted programmes which had never been reviewed for more than 10 years now automatically closed down. ‘’This is particularly true of TTC and other related programmes which pre-dated PDE.”
He then advised those who were yet to get their TRCN certificates as teachers to do so in their own interest.