OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has asked its committee on Basic Education and Services to liaise with education regulatory bodies in a bid to to remove unqualified teachers from schools.

Although the House did not specify how to rid the profession of the fake teachers, it mandated its committee to liaise with the Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to ensure that the education sector is rid of quacks and unqualified teachers.

The decision followed a motion moved by Suleiman Gummi (APC, Jigawa).

Moving the motion, Gummi said that the “teachers Registration Council of Nigeria Act, 2004 confers the Council with absolute powers to, among other things, determine who is a teacher, including registration of qualified teachers and regulating the teaching profession in Nigeria.

“Section 17 (2) of the Act provides that any person not being a registered member of the profession who, among other things, practices as a professional teacher, shall be guilty of an offense.”

The lawmaker further revealed that according to the teachers council, over 300,000 out of 700,000 teachers are unqualified.

“Statistics provided by the Council revealed that approximately 50% of the total population of teachers in Nigeria are not qualified to teach, a development that is threatening the goal of education which can only be guaranteed by having qualified and experienced teachers in the education sector.”

He also faulted the “abysmal level of enforcement of the Council’s mandate in this regard, especially in ensuring that only qualified and registered persons to teach in Nigerian schools.”

The Green Chamber therefore asked the committee to report back in four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

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