By M. Peter – Jos

Teachers in Plateau state trooped in to the office of the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN on Monday to effect the processes of their registration with TRCN.

TRCN began nationwide screening of teachers in public and private primary and secondary schools across the nation on 9th March.

Segun Ajiboye, TRCN Registrar, said the first phase of the compliance monitoring and documentation will take place nationwide between March 9 and 17.

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Mr. Ajiboye, who addressed journalists on Wednesday in Ibadan, said the National Council on Education declared December 31, 2019, as the last day for unlicensed teachers to be registered with TRCN or get booted out of the classroom.

Our correspondent reports that teachers in Plateau State have complied with their registration to avoid being axed by the body.

Plateau state has over 7, 000 registered teachers in public primary school as revealed by relevant office at the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB.

A senior administrative officer at TRCN, Luka Wagami, confirmed that there is high rate of registration compared to what was obtained in the past and urged those yet to comply to immediately do so to avoid being sanctioned.

He said, “From January, 2020 to date, we have registered over 1,000 people, just last month, we conducted examination for 729 candidates from the University of Jos, 1, 803 more will be writing in April. Over 1,000 more from NTI, Colleges of Education, Gindiri and Pankshin as well as a private College of Education in the State.

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“In December, 2019, we issued over 441 certificates, in January, 2020, over 600 Primary school teachers were registered. Among the 1,803 awaiting to be certified, 16 of them are from the tertiary institutions.

“I am encouraging those yet to be registered to do so because the certificate doesn’t expired, they should also pay their annual dues. The monitoring team would continue to screen out those not registered because nominal rolls of schools would be checked, physical verification would be carried out and unqualified teachers would be shown the way out. Sanctions would also be meted out on defaulters.”

Officials of TRCN were in Plateau south to monitor compliance of teachers registration with the council.