By Tare Youdeowei
THE Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has inducted 512 graduates of the Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Anambra State into the teaching profession. The inductees include those who had successfully completed their Ph.D, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Masters, first degree and NCE programmes.
The induction ceremony, the third edition in the college, was held at the college’s new auditorium, with the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, the Director, Professional Operations Department, TRCN, Abuja, who represented the TRCN Registrar, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, in attendance.
The Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Prof Josephat Ogbuagu, assured the inductees that teaching remains a noble profession that requires a high level of discipline and decorum, as he charged them to be disciplined as teachers.
Attitude of students
“If transformation means change, the desired change must include changing your attitude to be able to change the attitude of students and redeem the nation’s educational system. Serve as the eye of the profession so that others will be willing to participate in the teaching profession.
“I want you to count yourselves fortunate to be inducted professional teachers by the TRCN. The college in affiliation with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has produced degree graduates as well as NCE and PGDE with the latest content that meet general and specialist pedagogical requirements for professional registration and induction of teachers,” Ogbuagu stated.
He described the induction as a remarkable accomplishment because no profession can command public confidence except it is standardized, comprehensive, objective and measurable for the performance of its members. He further urged lecturers who have not gotten their TRCN certificate to do so in their own interest
In a goodwill message, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Joseph Ahaneku, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof Nkechi Esomonu, commended the students for their perseverance in pursuing academic excellence.
In the same vein, chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Anambra State wing, Comrade Ifeanyi Ofodile, described the timing of the induction as appropriate, since it came at a time of renewed joint effort by both the TRCN and the NUT to reposition the Council.
“Via this induction, all duly licensed and registered inductees are immediately admitted into the teaching profession without the rigour of undergoing professional qualifying examination, as well as other encumbrances associated with the registration process,” he said.
Also speaking, the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, charged the inductees to raise the banner of the profession with pride and think critically about the demands of being a teacher. She also described FCET Umunze as a great citadel of learning and congratulated the inductees on their academic success.
“The standard of our education can never be higher than the standard of our teachers. What we expect from you is self- development. Keep on trying to improve yourself. You cannot sit there and bring out notes that you used 20 years ago to teach. Now is the time of global competitiveness. Now is the time for ICT development. This is the time for us to give our children the education that is globally competitive,” she explained.
The Commissioner urged the inductees to shun behaviours that would bring disrepute to the profession. She harped on the dignity of the teaching profession and charged the inductees to be proud of their chosen career.
“We are trying to make you the pride of this profession. This is not the time for you to hide. Teaching is no longer a place to manage. This is the place where you will touch the lives of so many people. There is no office that I have ever entered without seeing a student that had passed through me,” she added.
She advised the inductees never to compromise themselves, but remain good teachers that would make the nation proud.
While formally admitting the students into the profession, the Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, Director, Professional Operations, Alhaji Dahiru Roni, expressed joy that more graduates have joined the teaching profession.
Ajiboye said the skills imparted on the inductees would enhance their confidence in delivering quality service in schools and boost the performance of students. He explained that the induction of teachers at the point of graduation implied catching them young, which would improve the quality and status of teachers and teaching in the country.
The council Registrar explained that the certification of the graduates would assist in the elimination of certificate forgery plaguing the teaching profession as the council receives records of education graduates directly from universities and colleges of education and builds same into the robust data base for registered teachers in Nigeria.
He maintained that the induction confers legal and professional status on the new teachers through the administration of the Teachers Oath of Allegiance and equally reduces attrition ratio in the teaching profession.
Prof Ajiboye warned that teaching, like other professions, was not an all comers affair as those adequately prepared should be entrusted with the teaching-learning process in the school, adding that it was the best way the nation could guarantee a qualitative educational system, stressing that with the induction, all of them were being accepted into the profession without the rigours of undergoing the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE).
He noted that having been inducted into the council, it was required of them to be disciplined and perform the task of teaching with commitment and dedication to restore the fallen standard of education in the country.