Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Prof. Addison Wokocha, has called on stakeholders in the education sub-sector to partner with the council to enable it eradicate quackery in the teaching profession.
Wokocha made this appeal during the second induction ceremony for 157 education graduates of University of Uyo, also urged professors in the country’s universities who have not been licensed as professional teachers to register with the council as special arrangement has been made for them.
Represented by the Director, Professional Operations TRCN, Alhaji Ibrahim Bonu, the Registrar explained that the council for such categories of people has put a special programme post-doctoral diploma, in place.
The TRCN boss noted that holding higher qualification in teaching without being licensed by the council does not make one a professional teacher, since according to him, one must be entrusted with the rudiments of teaching-learning process to guarantee qualitative education system.
He posited that, by carrying out the induction exercise for education graduates, new entrant into teaching profession are captured, thereby creating professional consciousness that would help guide their career life.
“The induction also helps to eliminate the certificate forgery plaguing the teaching profession; this implies that, teaching just like any other profession now requires that only those who are adequately prepared should be entrusted with the teaching-learning process in our schools. That is one of the best ways the nation can guarantee a qualitative education system.
“For the graduates about to take oath of practice, I urge you to take this exercise with all the seriousness it deserves. I also wish to remind you all that any breach of the law, particularly on oath, calls for sanction.” He said.
He reminded the licensees of the establishment of Teachers Investigation Panel and Teachers Tribunal, noting that, each of this mechanism carried out their responsibility in accordance to prosecute any violation of the professional code.
“Many of you are very much aware of the activities of the TIP which investigate every member alleged to have violated the professional code and if necessary prosecute them in Teachers Tribunal where
sentences may lead to sanction not exclusive but includes withdrawal of registration license as it is done in other climes. Our pride is to emulate this global practices and enviable standard to protect the profession from quackery and boost the confidence and morale of teachers,” he added.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, represented by the deputy Vice Chancellor administration, Prof Trenched Ibia, charged the inductees to show level of disciple in the
course of carrying out their duties.
Describing teaching as noble profession, she reminded them to ensure that, they are the people to make the profession so-called, adding that, they should make themselves harbingers of transformation in the teaching profession.
“To make teaching profession noble, you must change your attitude towards the students, pupils and the society; once you do this, you have added value to the profession,” he said.
Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of teachers’ professional license to the 157 education graduates.

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