FG To Flush Out ‘Quacks’ From Teaching Profession

The Minster of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on Monday disclosed that only qualified teachers who are duly registered would be allowed to teach in the country to ensure professionalism.

The minister made this known while speaking with journalists after the presentation of a draft roadmap for the education sector – ‘Education for change: A ministerial strategic plan 2016-2019’ – to stakeholders in Abuja.

According to him, the teaching profession had declined and there was a need to ensure professionalism to improve the quality of education.

His words: “Teacher education itself is dying simply because non-professionals have now become teachers. Therefore, the professionalisation and registration of teachers will help make sure that the profession is reorganised with quacks kicked out.

“So nobody should be employed as a teacher if he or she does not have a teaching qualification; there is no magic if you are not qualified as a teacher: you cannot teach.”

Malam Adamu also noted that millions of Nigerian children and youths are out of school as the education sector battles challenges.

”Only 17 percent of applicants are admitted into the university and there are 11 million out- of- school children. About 25.3 million students at all levels of education are out- of- school in the country, he added.

Adamu who listed other challenges of the education sector to include out-of-school children, cultism, exam malpractice and indiscipline, expressed the hope that the strategic plan would help address the problems in the education sector.

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