The Federal Government has revealed that about 44 per cent primary school teachers in Nigeria do not possess the requisite qualification to teach.
Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, made this known in Abuja on Thursday and noted that this has greatly affected the learning outcomes at that level of education.
He said professionalism in teaching is one of the key issues in the ministerial strategic plan for the development of education already presented to stakeholders for their inputs.
Adamu also said the quality of teachers produced by teacher education institutions and their classroom performance was generally unsatisfactory, adding that conclusions were based on empirical evidence on teachers’ classroom performance and pupils’ learning outcomes.
Adamu said: “In terms of teacher quality, up to 44 per cent of primary school teachers in Nigeria are unqualified; that is, they do not possess the prescribed minimum teaching qualification, the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), for teaching at the primary level.
“Pupils’ learning outcomes in Nigeria’s public schools are generally unsatisfactory, and it’s a matter of serious concern to government, employers and all teachers, parents and indeed all stakeholders.”
The new registrar and chief executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Yomi Ajiboye also expressed similar concerns when he disclosed that from January 2017, the council would reintroduce the professional qualifying examinations for all teachers both at the basic and tertiary levels of education in the country.