lagos – The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye has commended the Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra State, for giving high premium to the induction of professional teachers in line with international best practices and quality assurance benchmark.
He gave the commendation at the 4th TRCN induction ceremony of the College, where 1,348 candidates were formally admitted into the teaching profession.
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Addressing the inductees recently, Dr Alex Ekwueme Auditorium, Main Campus of the College, Prof Ajiboye said the College has gained a reputation for promoting students’ wholehearted development through the provision of a broad and balanced training with a wide array of learning activities.
“This institution is reputed for championing an all-round development of students by accommodating their interests, unleashing their potentials and extending the experience beyond classroom learning,” he stated.
Professor Ajiboye, who was represented by the Director, Professional Operations, Maazi Adamu Bello described teachers as pivotal in the education sector, which has become the most potent instrument in man’s struggle for survival and development.
“Today’s teachers must not only fit into the knowledge informed demands of the contemporary life, but also be at the shoulder level with every other professional group functioning in the wider context of a knowledge-driven economy,” he said.
He explained that a professional teacher must embrace a radical paradigm shift from the content and method model to the broad knowledge base model, which incorporates the essential ingredients of professionalism. According to him, the development of innovative technologies for teaching has placed a huge demand for teachers to learn the use of new technologies in the teaching and learning process.
The TRCN Registrar urged the new teachers to take their oath of practice with all seriousness and wished them a blissful career in teaching and warned that any breach of the oath of practice calls for sanction.
College Provost, Dr Tessy Okoli, said her administration laid out a clear policy on encouraging academic staff training and development to ensure that the College remains atop in the delivery of quality teacher education. She explained that thousands of graduates from the institution have been inducted by TRCN, and work in various schools across the country.
While commending the TRCN for raising the professional bar, Okoli noted that the College had keyed into the policy directive of the federal government on the stoppage of unlicensed teachers working in schools nationwide.
She warned that teaching staff of the College yet to obtain the TRCN certification would be shown the backdoor.
“Professional training and certification are necessary steps for everyone entering into a career, including the teaching sector. We would ensure that the quality and professional development of teachers remains a cardinal policy of this administration,” she added.
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