The Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye, has said that the council has started to bring back to the classrooms, teachers who have deserted the Northeast region due to terrorism.
Ajiboye made this disclosure while addressing journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Monday.
He said that the plan was to re-motivate and change the psyche of the traumatised teachers to return to school.
Ajiboye said some of the teachers lost their certificates due to terrorism but have been restored by the intervention of the council.
According the TRCN boss, bringing back the teachers would improve knowledge impartation on students in northeastern part of the country.
He said, “Actually, it is disheartening we are affected we cant pretend. We have lost so many teachers to insecurity especially in the northeast. It created trauma. Pupils left the schools. They dont want to come.
“The teachers themselves left because of what has happened to their colleagues. What we are doing is to bring back our teachers especially in the northeast.
“A lot of interventions are going on to remotivate the teachers and change their psyche. so many of them left the teaching profession they dont want to come back but now sanity is returning and our teachers are coming back. Some of them lost their certificates to insurgency.”
On the deadline to register as professional teachers, Ajiboye disclosed that full enforcement against unregistered and unlicensed teachers would begin in January 2020.
The TRCN boss said that any teacher not registered by the Council by December 31, 2019 will not be allowed to practice anymore in Nigeria.
According to him, a letter of reminder is being written to Commissioners of Education and the Education secretary in Federal Capital Territory on the need to ensure that practising teachers in their states get valid license before the deadline.
“That deadline stands. Infact the Minister of Education has directed that TRCN should do a letter to Commissioners of Education and Education secretary in the FCT to remind them about the deadline.
“By December 2019 anyone not registered and licensed by TRCN may may not allowed in our classrooms. by January 2020 enforcement will begin.” dailypost