The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has cancelled results of some teachers, who engaged in malpractice during the professional qualifying examination (PQE) held recently.
The council also said that of the 15,753 teachers that sat for the examination, which was held across the country, about 3,963 failed.
TRCN conducts PQE to test the competence of teachers.
The Registrar of the council, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said all the cases of examination malpractice reported were treated accordingly all over the country at the management level.
He said the results were cancelled as punitive measures. All the cases were identified or recorded because we have evidence against them.
He said although the registrar noted that the council was confronted with some challenges last year, TRCN was still able to achieve its set goals for the year 2023.
Ajiboye said the over N150 million debt he met when he assumed office as Registrar had been cleared.
Reeling out some of its achievements, Ajiboye said PQE was conducted in over 100 institutions, while six batches were conducted online for Nigerians in diaspora and results released immediately.
He disclosed that inductions were carried out in over 100 institutions, and appreciable progress made with development partners on professional standards.
Ajiboye further insisted that the teaching profession was no longer an all-comers affair or a “job for the boys.”
He disclosed that thus far, over 2.3 million teachers have been registered, out of which over 400,000 have been fully licensed by the council.
He restated that about 50 per cent of teachers in private schools are not qualified, saying the council would soon begin to clamp down on them.