The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) says 11,550 candidates passed the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) for teachers, representing 68 per cent of the total number of candidates.
The Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, however, said that 5,405 candidates failed the examination.
The October diet of PQE, which is the second in the year, was written between Oct. 19 and 20 nationwide.
Ajiboye said that a total of 18, 647 candidates registered for the examination but only 16, 955 candidates sat for the examination.
“The total number of candidates who sat for the examination was 16,955, out of which 11, 550 passed; representing 68.12 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination.
“On the other hand, 5,405 candidates failed the examination, and the figure represents 31.88 per cent of the total number of those who wrote the examination.
“The results have been approved by the management of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria for onward transmission to State/FCT Coordinators for immediate release,’’ he added.
The registrar noted that the conduct of the examination across the country was hitch-free, adding that those who failed the exam would have another opportunity to rewrite it next year.
Ajiboye said that the examination covered every subject which qualified a person to be a good teacher.
“The examination covered areas such as basic knowledge of principles and practice of education, psychology, philosophy and the pedagogical skills which one needs to be a teacher.’’
Ajiboye, however, warned that by December 2019, any teacher who was not qualified, registered and licensed by the council would no longer be allowed to teach in any school across the country .
“That date is sacrosanct; that is the date that has been approved by the National Council on Education, which is the highest decision-making body on education in Nigeria,’’ he said.