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TRCN to NYSC: stop posting non-education graduates to teach

The Registrar and Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof Segun Ajiboye, on Monday said the council had written to the Director General of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) to stop posting graduates without education degrees to teach in schools.

Ajiboye noted that most of those posted to teach during the mandatory one-year scheme do not have qualifications to teach.

The TRCN chief executive said the education system get bastardised when persons without requisite professional skills are deployed to teach.

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He added that there are challenges of having qualified teachers in some states of the federation.

Ajiboye addressed reporters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Transforming Education, the theme for this year’s International Youth Day.

The TRCN chief said majority of those teaching in private nursery and primary schools nationwide do not have the qualifications to do the job well.

He emphasised that those qualified must still be registered, professionally certified and licensed by the council.

According to him, only qualified and well trained and re-trained teachers can bring about a transformed education that the Nigerian youth can benefit from.

Ajiboye said: “We have written a letter to the NYSC Director General that only those who read Education should be posted to schools during their service year. This will ensure that only round pegs are deployed to round holes.

“Why are doctors not posted to teach? Why are Education graduates not deployed to hospitals to operate the sick? If you cannot allow a teacher to treat you in the hospital, why should you allow a fake teacher to teach your children and destroy their future? We should not debase the teaching profession.

“Governors must also ensure that they train and re-train those in their schools. Human capital development must be taken seriously to transform our education system.