ECAN Has Been Our Rock, TRCN Commends Education Correspondents

ECAN Has Been Our Rock, TRCN Commends Education Correspondents

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN) has commended the Education  Correspondents Association of Nigeria(ECAN) over it’s commitment to teachers profession and education in Nigeria, describing the association as a solid Rock behind the activities of the Council.

The Registrar, TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye who made this commendation on Friday, during a One-Day Capacity Building Workshop for ECAN members in Nasarawa State,  stated that with the reportage of the Education Correspondents, the issue of teachers have now taken the center stage in the affairs of education in Nigeria.

“Before they came on board, TRCN was sleeping somewhere. They have been doing many things but nobody knew…but ECAN has been able to put the Council on the map. The Federal Ministry of Education cannot speak today without TRCN,” he said.

He stated that with President Muhammadu Buhari’s welfare packages for teachers and with the many measures TRCN has put in place, the teaching profession is no longer an all comers affairs, which people jump into because they do not have a job.

“Our teachers are getting more motivated. Before now, teaching was an all comers affairs. Anybody who couldn’t get a job will say, let us manage teaching. But today, they can’t do it because there is a new sheriff in town. If you are not qualified, if you are not ready to be registered and licenced to practice, it is practically impossible to gate-crash the profession,” he said.

While speaking on the Council’s various activities to strengthen the teaching profession, Ajiboye revealed that teachers will no longer be caged in one place with the introduction of Career Path for the teaching profession and added that the policy is aimed at promoting principle of performance, competencies, skills and assessments for teachers’ growth and development.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman of ECAN, Chuks Ukwuatu commended TRCN and its registrar for it’s commitment to putting the matter of teachers’ growth and development in the front burner, as no nation will fair well with teachers whose qualifications are questionable.

While appreciating the Council for sponsoring the event, Ukwatu expressed hope that the registrar will be reappointed when his tenure elapsed to enable him continue the good work he is doing in TRCN.

Also speaking, the chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) FCT Chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche, reminded the journalists that they are the conscience of the masses, urging them not to fail in their duties of holding government accountable for their actions.

Ogbeche who was presenting a paper on “Education Reporting in times of Crisis”, also urged the participants to start asking  critical questions especially as it pertains to the funds budgetted to keep schools in the nation safe amidst insecurity.

The Workshop, with the theme, Professionalism of Teaching and Teacher Education in Nigeria, also had presentations from directors in the Council, Dr Magaji Waziri and Mr Okunola Abimbola and Editor of National Accord Newspaper, Mr Tom Chiahemen.

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