The federal government has announced that teachers without requisite qualifications and practising license will be removed from the Nigeria Teaching Service.
The government also noted that only First Class and Second Class Upper graduates would get teaching jobs.
This announcement was made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono on Saturday in Abuja.
Echono spoke while monitoring the conduct of the 2020 October Diet Batch B Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE).
“By 2021, we will not engage teachers if they don’t meet the particular threshold. We are now limiting entry point of teaching only to the best who are qualified. We will first-class individuals with second class upper and first class divisions,” he said.
The official also disclosed that arrangements would be made for conversion programmes for such graduates.
Echono said since most studied in fields not related to teaching, they need to learn pedagogy and methodology through the National Teachers Institute (NTI) and the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
“They will undergo specific programmes that will empower them to teach. We must enforce Mr President’s directive that only qualified teachers will be allowed into our classrooms,” he added.
Echono further reassured that teachers would get better remuneration with peculiar allowances.
The Permanent Secretary also announced that the government was finalizing figures with National Income Salaries and Wages.
He confirmed that the National Implementation Committee on Teachers’ Revitalization/Resuscitation Plan would be inaugurated this month.