- Nigeria Has Two Million Registered Teachers, Says TRCN
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has stated that there are two million qualified and registered teachers across the country.
Its Registrar, Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye, said the country is in need of 250,000 teachers annually to cater to the growing population of pupils.
He noted that as a country with the largest number of out-of-school-children, there was need for adequate teachers to meet the learning and teaching needs of children.
Prof. Ajiboye described the situation of teachers in some states as “appalling” as some government schools have only two to four teachers.
He said the sub-Saharan African region has a shortfall of about seven million school teachers, and Nigeria carried a significant portion of that number, because of the country’s large number of out-of-school children – presently put about over 13 million kids.
Ajiboye said: “Education is very critical to the development of any country. Just like every other profession, quackery is a problem and we want to remove quack teachers also from our schools. What we are doing is to sensitise the people that quacks must be reported. Also, teachers who are still in school without the TRCN certification should do this before the deadline.
“So far, the TRCN has registered two million teachers all over the country since the council was registered. By registering, we mean those teachers who are qualified and have come forward for registration.”