Minister of State for Education Professor Anthony Anwukah announced this while interacting with Newsmen in Owerri.
He said the era when teaching was regarded as all comers’ profession was over as government would no longer tolerate the situation where people without teaching skills were engaged to do the work.
The Minister explained that people with certificates in education would be given priority during the planned mass recruitment of teachers by the Federal government.
Professor Anwukah hinted that both Teachers and Lecturers would be given two years grace to obtain certificates in education or be shown the way out of classrooms. “The government wants at its best offer a two year moratorium to anybody teaching or wanting to teach in this country be it in in the University, be it in the Polytechnics, be it at the Teachers Training Colleges or the NCE, be it in the Secondary school, be it in the Primary or Nursery, you must possess a teaching qualification to be in the classroom. within the next two years if u dont have that basic requirement of exposure to the pedagogical aspects of teacher training, then u have to chip out, u have to go and find something else to go and do”.
Professor Anwukah explained that the Federal government was paying more attention to skill acquisition to reduce over-dependence on white collar jobs.
The Minister further stated that government was encouraging polytechnic education and added that the dichotomy between University and Polytechnic graduates would soon be over.