By G9ija

Professor Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has disclosed that over 17,000 teachers across the country including 20 PhD holders would next month sit for this year’s second diet of teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE).

Prof. Ajiboye who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, said the examination which would hold on October 28, 2018 is computer-based.

He said, “The last Professional Qualifying Exam for 2018 has been fixed (for now) for October 28. The committee in charge of PQE is ready and working day and night to make sure we deliver another successful qualifying exam.

“So far about 17,000 would-be teachers have registered for the PQE October diet.”

Speaking on the issues of examination malpractices and other vices being carried out in schools by some individuals, the TRCN boss warned teachers to desist from such acts or risk sanction, adding that a tribunal had been put in place to look into such issues.

“We have rolled out Professional Standard for Nigerian Teachers and Code of Conduct. They know that any teacher that is caught facilitating and perpetrating examination malpractices will be sanctioned by TRCN.

“When we get report about teachers molesting children, we investigate at the level of the state. We make sure we set up investigative panel.

“We have inaugurated teachers’ tribunal which is going to be hosted in each state of the federation. We are doing that in partnership with the state.

“Any teacher that runs foul would face the music as it is done in other professions; your certificate can either be withdrawn or your licence of practice can also be withdrawn. TRCN is empowered to do so,” Prof. Ajiboye said.

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