No fewer than 11,629 candidates participated in the second batch of the 2022 Teachers Professional Qualifying Examination, PQE, conducted by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, nationwide on Saturday.
This was disclosed by the TRCN’s Director of Examination and Licencing, Dr Jacinta Ogboso, who monitored the exercise at SASCON International School Maitama, Abuja.
Ogboso revealed that Abuja had the highest number of candidates, with 982 teachers, followed by Lagos and Anambra.
“We have a total of 11,629 candidates who registered for this examination nationwide, and in FCT here, we have 982 candidates who are registered,” she said.
Speaking on the importance of the exercise, she said apart from academic qualifications, teachers’ professional qualifying examination is important for teachers to obtain licenses for their practice.
“So, we no longer depend on the academic qualification; after the educational qualification, we are sure that people who are going to the classroom to teach our children are actually professionally qualified; so that is why this exam is important.
“If you do not pass this exam, you will not be registered by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, and once you’re not registered and identified as a teacher, you will not be recognised as a teacher in Nigeria and anywhere in the world.
“So that is why this exam is very necessary and crucial; no professional qualifying examination, no teacher registration certificate, and no licensing by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria,” she said.
Ogboso added that candidates who fail the PQE would be given three opportunities to write, noting that no teacher who went through teacher education should fail the exam more than twice.