15,750 teachers took the PQE Professional Qualification Exam

15,750 teachers took the PQE Professional Qualification Exam

More than 15,750 teachers across the country took part in the professional qualification examination for teachers at the November Diet session.

The examination is conducted by the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to test the professional knowledge of those entering the teaching profession.

While the exam was being held in Abuja on Saturday, TRCN Director-General of Certification and Licensing, Dr. Jacinta Ezeahulukwe, said the exam would ensure that teachers are licensed before entering the classroom. .

“TRCN PQE is being implemented across the country, starting on November 23rd in some states, yesterday in some others, and the remaining states today.

“A total of 15,750 teachers across the country are writing the Batch B exam. There was a time when we conducted the exam for more than 100,000 candidates. The target audience is the unregistered.

“Exams are mandatory because teaching is a profession and every profession requires a professional qualification exam.

“One of the characteristics of the profession is that in addition to obtaining an educational background, it is necessary to take a qualification exam, register, and obtain a license.

“If you don’t pass this exam, how will we know if you are eligible to register as a teacher?” Therefore, this exam is not testing your knowledge of the subject matter, but rather your expertise in the teaching profession. “We’re testing it,” she said.

Mr Ezeahulukwe said the qualification examination provides the content of the basic knowledge that teachers must possess and demonstrate, which is included in the professional standards of teachers.

Therefore, she said the results are expected to be known within two weeks.

“This is a computer exam, and we expect the computer to score candidates as they write. But we still spend time sifting through the results, analyzing them, and reviewing them. management for review and approval.

“No two people write the same exam, so exams written in separate sessions will never lead to cheating.

“The questions are wide-ranging and different categories have their own questions. Category D questions for NCE holders are different from Category C (First Degree, Bachelor of Education, PGD).

“The master’s questions in category B are also different from the PhD questions, which are category A. Therefore, the questions will never be the same and will be according to your category,” she added.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, David Adejo, commended the process, saying it would go well in improving the quality of teachers in the country.

Mr. Adejo, who was represented by Dr. Yusuf Saidi, Director of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement at the ministry, said he would also encourage quality education in schools.

He called for further support to the Council in its mission to ensure that teachers in Nigeria are licensed to practice their profession.

“No matter what profession we are in, we have regulatory bodies and what they need now is the support they need to carry out their duties.

“This will ensure that the quality of teachers that we produce is as desired and as required. If there are experts out there who say anything goes, this will regulate them.

“TRCN confirms that the same people who register for the exam are the same people who write the exam.

“So no one can go in there and write for someone. This will greatly contribute to improving the quality of teachers in this country,” he said.

When I spoke to several candidates, they expressed confidence in the exam and said it would help remove quackery from the system.

Nasarawa State Secretary of the National Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dr. OluAndrew Kayode, said the examination process would help improve the quality of teachers in the country.

According to him, the world is becoming increasingly digital and we as a nation must not be left behind and are gradually understanding it and of course so that we can meet the global standards with the rest of the world. became.

“So far this process has been very open-ended, but as an educator I would like to say that this exam is very easy to approach and will ease the fears of those who think CBT is very difficult.

“Based on my experience today, knowledge of simple computer approaches and the ability to read and write will help you do well in this exam.

“The examination process will help improve the quality of teachers. It is essential and gradually everyone will go digital to improve their knowledge,” he said.

On the treatment of teachers at different levels, Kayode said the professionalization of the examination would help phase out quacks who are the rightful owners of the profession.

“We are taking over and over time the government will treat us like any other profession,” he said.

Another candidate, Luca Gabi, praised the TRCN for introducing CBT in the exam and called for an upgrade.

The experience is memorable. This is a professional exam to compare with other professionals, I know. This exam shows that the level of the teaching profession is improving.

“CBT is a growing movement in this country. In my experience in today’s class, everything in the system worked fine, the problems were minor, and we didn’t experience any problems.

“So it’s very good, but we’re not there yet. We’re looking forward to upgrading the system to provide effective service to people,” he said. Told.

Similarly, Ms Chioma Okpara, a school owner who also participated in the examination, advised teachers who are yet to be certified to reap the benefits of certification.

Source: dailypost.ng

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