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Over 46k candidates Sat for Teachers’ Professional Qualifications Examination

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN has said over 46k intending teachers sat for the 2020 Professional Qualifications Examination PQE, across 35 states, in accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The Registrar of the council, Prof Josiah Ajiboye , who made this known to Journalists in Abuja, also stated that the council engaged batch system in the conduct of the examinations which was Computer Based Test.

Prof. Ajiboye disclosed that Kaduna State was the only State where the 2020 PQE was not held due to the surge in the COVID-19, cases in the State.

According to the Registrar, “it was when TRCN successfully conducted it 2020 PQE July exams across the 35states including the Federal Capital Territory that the Hon. Ministers of Education felt ,if we were able to carry out this exams in accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines, then basic schools could also be re-opened to exit classes for them to sit for their examinations”.

“And on the reason TRCN’s PQE was not conducted in Kaduna State, we wrote to the Governor of the State seeking permission to conduct this exams in July, we sis not get approval due ,we believe this was done according to the discretion of the State govt, there were worrisome figures of COVID 19 cases in the state, this may be part of their reasons,but we are ready as soon as they are ready”

Speaking on the impact of COVID 19 on Nigerian teachers, TRCN Registrar said, 63 million Primary and secondary schools teachers were affected and that the figure would still rise.

Ajiboye stated that the closure poses challenges for education systems across the world.

According to him, “The COVID-19 global health crisis threatens to significantly slow progress towards many of the global goals in particular ,the sustainable development goals ,it is also likely to exacerbate the global learning crisis and global education inequalities as the impact will fall disproportionately on the poorest”.

The TRCN Registrar added that, teachers are in the Frontline, within the COVID-19 crisis, in ensuring that learning continues

“Around the world ,teachers and school leaders have been rapidly mobilising and innovating to facilitate quality distance learning for students in confinement with and without the use of digital technologies,” he said.

Accoeding to Ajiboye, there is the need to prioritize teachers and learners’ health, safety and well-being as schools are gradually being reopened to learners.

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