As Nigeria prepares to celebrate World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5, Prof. Charles Eze has urged Nigerians to support Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria’s (TRCN) moves to sanitise the educational sector.
Eze, Director, General Studies Division, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Agbani, made the appeal in an interview on Wednesday in Enugu.
The director, who is a professor of Technical Education, said that all those who were not supposed to be in the education sector must be weeded out.
He said that gone were the days when teaching was an all-comers affair.
According to him, Shylock proprietors take advantage of the porous monitoring system in the sector to turn the sector to pure capitalism venture instead of service providing sector.
“Our people should join hands with government at all levels in assisting the TRCN to do the much publicised sanitation in the educational sector.
“Only proprietors and teachers with the pre-requisite certification and profesionalisation should remain in all public and private schools.
“It is only by supporting TRCN in all its ramifications that the council will be emboldened to clamp down on such cheats that call themselves teachers through the instrumentality of the law as contained in the TRCN Act, Section 17 (2).’’
The professor urged various associations and bodies in the sector to give the council the needed cooperation to ensure that teachers, who indulged in unprofessional practice were punished appropriately.
“The cooperation of all stakeholders in the education industry in Nigeria is needed to enable TRCN to ensure the registered and licensed teachers, who conduct themselves in an unprofessional manner are daily sanctioned in accordance with the code of conduct of the profession.
“Teachers’ Investigation Panel (TIP) and Teachers’ Tribunal have been set up at the state offices of TRCN, but cases are not being reported to them, as if all is well with the practice of the profession,’’ he said.
NAN reports that TRCN had said that it would massively clamp-down on uncertified and unprofessional teachers in 2018.
The council had maintained that 2017 would be the last year of grace after giving 14 years grace for all teachers in the country to get certified by the council.
NAN reports that World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated worldwide annually on Oct. 5 since 1994.
It was initiated by UNESCO as a proclamation to celebrate the great step made for teachers on Oct. 5, 1966 at a special inter-governmental Conference in Paris, France.