By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Anambra state Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha, has tasked teachers in the state and the country at large, to increase their worth by engaging in self developmental activities to improve their competencies in the profession.
The commissioner said that teaching can only assume professional status, when there are crop of qualified teachers, who are abreast of the tenets of the teaching, as well as being open to vast learning.
Omenugha made this call during the May Diet edition of the Professional Qualifying Examination for over 400 teachers in the state, organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
According to her, “Self development is very important and I advise teachers on the need to develop themselves, just like in the university system where we emphasise ‘publish or perish’ policy.
“Teachers need to attend refresher courses to update themselves and remain relevant in the ever increasing world of knowledge and information.
“When teachers are given license, at some point, they should be made to undergo other examinations, which will form part of their promotion”.
She enjoined teachers, who are yet to register with the council to do so before December, or risk expulsion from the profession, even as she commended the authorities of TRCN for their doggedness in ensuring that only qualified teachers parade themselves in the profession.
The commissioner for basic education also lauded the council for setting inspiring and education based issues for the teachers, assuring that Anambra state government would always give paramount to the welfare of teachers in the state.
Omenugha, who is also a board member of the council, further said that teachers in the state have been duly sensitised on the import of the exercise, urging other teachers, who are still left out to immediately cue into the programme.
“Teachers should, apart from being knowledgeable in the use of computers, be also vast when it comes to technology. It is only those, who have equipped themselves that can integrate ICT in the classroom”, she said.
In a remark, the Anambra state coordinator of TRCN, Lady Rosemary Chinelo Otikpa, noted that teachers are complying with the directives by the council, that the council would not hesitate to flush out from the system, teachers who failed to be certified.
Otikpa, who described the examination as ‘hitch-free’, remarked that it was a worthy exercise, urging teachers to totally embrace the call of the council to be registered.
Earlier, the technical staff from the council’s headquarters, Uloma Wokocha, read out the examination guidelines for the teachers.
In separate interviews, the teachers thanked the council for their efforts in providing sanity to the profession, while also expressing optimism that they would scale through the examination to be properly certified as professional teachers.
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