Written by Godfrey AKON

4,000 teachers want TRCN qualifying exams in Arabic

No fewer than 4,000 Arabic teachers have requested the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, to administer its professional qualifying exams to them in Arabic language.

Executive Secretary of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this in Abuja while monitoring the 2018 Professional Qualifying Examination, PQE, said TRCN was however yet to transfer questions to Arabic language.

The request comes on the heels of the Federal Government’s December 2019 deadline to certify practicing and qualified individuals in the teaching profession.

“We are also yet to transfer questions to Arabic language for about 4000 Arabic teachers who are requesting for this, so far no exemption,” Ajiboye said.

The TRCN boss noted that 22,000 people applied for the examinations in 2018, representing an increase of about 2,000 increase to that of last year.

“We have 42 centres across the country; 6000 candidates sat for PQE in Kaduna state, 3600 wrote the exams in Enugu, 2000 in Bauchi, 2000 in Taraba state and all centers across the country ended the PQE this Saturday 9th,” he said.

According to him, TRCN is in discussion with the federal college of education Oyo to break our modules so that we can accommodate more people especially the people living with disabilities.

Also speaking, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, restated the December 2019 deadline set by the Nigerian government to certify practicing and qualified individuals in the teaching profession.

Echono noted that despite existing shortfall, Nigeria now have an increased number of qualified teachers who have been trained and certified by the TRCN.

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