FG To Recruit Only 1st Class And 2nd Class Upper Graduates For Teaching Jobs


By Henry Odeh


FG To Recruit Only 1st Class And 2nd Class Upper Graduates For Teaching Jobs


The federal government of Nigeria has said that it will commence restricting the entry point of teaching to public schools to individuals with no lesser than second class upper and first-class divisions respectively.

This was disclosed by the permanent secretary, federal ministry of education, Sonny Echono, on Saturday, November 14, where Echono said “teachers without requisite qualifications, competencies and practicing license are presently migrated out of the Nigerian Teaching Service.”

President Buhari had earlier stated that only the best should be allowed to teach.

His words: “By 2021, we will not engage teachers if they don’t meet the particular threshold, we are now limiting entry point of teaching only to the best who are qualified, we will engage individuals with second class upper and first-class divisions.”

Echono made the comment in Abuja while monitoring the conduct of the 2020 October Diet Batch B Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examinations, (PQE).

He added: “We will make arrangements for conversion programmes for people who have these categories of results from other fields, they need to learn pedagogy, methodology, through the NTI and the TRCN, and they will undergo specific programmes that will empower them to teach.”

He maintained that the entry-level will be higher and they will get better remuneration with peculiar allowances, adding that concerned education agencies are finalising figures with National Income Salaries and Wages.

The Federal government, according to him, is more interested in learning outcomes, and that a National Implementation Committee on teachers’ revitalization/resuscitation plan will be inaugurated before the end of November 2020.

He said: “We must enforce Mr. President’s directive that only qualified teachers will be allowed into our classrooms. The Professional Qualifying Examinations is going on smoothly across 34 states and the feedback has been good.”

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