STAKEHOLDERS TO FORMULATE CAREER PATH DOCUMENT FOR TEACHERS
A two day National Stakeholders meeting on formulating Policy on Career Path for the Teaching Profession in the Country is ongoing in Enugu.
The Programme organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN had in attendance representatives from partner agencies, Heads of various Higher Institutions of learning and teachers across the country.
Declaring the workshop open, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono noted that teaching Profession being pivotal to the quality of education delivery needed to be repositioned to meet up with international standards.
He stated that more appointment, training and retraining of teachers would promote qualitative education and tackle the numerous challenges facing the system.
Mr Echono who advised participants to enthrone merit and competence recommended reward system for teachers in remote and conflict areas.
Also, the Registrar and Chief Executive of the council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye announced that the career path document was expected to guide the recruitment, retention, development and promotion of teachers in accordance with international best practices.
In an address, the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, TCRN, Mrs. Paulina Pam expressed dismay that the teaching Profession had been flooded with unqualified manpower which had impacted negatively on the education sector.
Presenting an Overview of the Career Path Policy Document, the Lead Consultant and Executive Director, Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities, Professor Steeve Nwokeocha maintained that the country stood tall in the regulation of teaching Profession in Africa.
He stated that the draft policy created new stages for teachers and principals for career progression and development.
Goodwill messages were presented on the occasion by representatives of various educational partners including, DFID, UNESCO, UBEC and TUC commending TRCN for its efforts in giving the teaching profession its pride of place.