Trending now: Teachers Entry Level to be limited to only 1st and 2nd Class Upper Graduates -FG

The Federal Government has said that with the recent approval for better working condition of teachers, entry level into teaching profession has been limited to first and second class graduates from next year, 2021.

This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, in Abuja, Saturday, after monitoring the November diet of TRCN Professional Qualification Examination (PQE).

Mr Echono however noted that the government insists that graduates seeking entry into teaching profession must have been certified by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

“With effect from next year, we will not admit or engage teachers if they don’t meet a particular threshold. We are now limiting entry into the teaching profession to only the best, meaning that you must either be a first class or second class upper graduate. That’s the minimum we can take because we want the best as teachers.

“Nevertheless, if you have qualification in other subjects that is not in education, we would arrange for a conversion programme to be administered by National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), TRCN or any university that has faculties of education,” Echono stated.

Speaking on remuneration, Mr Echono furthered that modalities are in place to ensure favourable remuneration for entry level teachers adding that the Federal Government is laising with the State government and Private School owners for the implementation of the recent decision.  

“We are finalising the figures with National Salaries and Income Wages Commission. We are also in talks with unions as well as states government and private school owners so that we can all work together and decide on when implementation will take off.” Mr Echono added.

President Mohammadu Buhari had on 5th October, 2020 approved a special salary scale for Nigerian Teachers while extending the year of service from 35 to 40 years.

“To address these challenges, my administration has approved the following for teachers and the teaching profession. That in order to attract investment in the teaching profession, the quality of the introduction of a bursary award has been restored.

“There will be a special pension scheme to enable the teaching profession to retain its experienced talents as well as extend teachers retirement age to 65 years and the duration of teaching years to 40 years.”

He added that his administration had also approved the building of low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas, sponsorship of teachers, prompt payment of salary, and timely promotion to eliminate stagnation, to motivate and restore lost glory to teachers and teaching in the country.

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