A total of 28,094 teachers who sat for the teachers Professional Qualifying Examination have passed.
The number represents 75 per cent of the total number of teachers who took part in the test.
The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN, Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, disclosed this known during a courtesy call by the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria in Abuja.
He explained that a total of 9, 246 candidates out of 37, 340 tested in the Batch A stream of the Professional Qualifying Exam failed.
He said teachers from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sat for the exams, adding that candidates from Kaduna and Rivers states also took part in the exercise after the required permits were secured from the state governments.
Prof. Ajiboye said: “On the whole, about 44,363 candidates registered for the examination but the total examined was 37,340 candidates. Due to the prevalence of Covid-19 and something like that, a large number of candidates could not move around or write the exam.
“We have about 7,023 candidates that didn’t write the exam. Majority of these people have actually written the exam before and things like that. They have been noted and what we are going to do is to allow them to write the exam at the next available opportunity.
“On the whole, 28,094 candidates passed the exam, which is 75.24 percent while a total of 9, 246 candidates failed, giving a percentage of 24.76 percent.”
While saying the performance recorded in the exam was encouraging, the TRCN boss said the exam was introduced as a gate-keeping measure for the teaching profession.
“We can see that it is a fair result- 75.24 percent is not bad. Gradually we are beginning to see that the pre-service teachers are getting familiarised with the use of computers. Initially when we started the failure late was very high.
Prof. Ajiboye commended the new requirement in Colleges of Education that makes it mandatory for academic staff to have a TRCN registration certificate before they can be promoted.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria, Chuks Ukwuatu, said the association was ready to collaborate with TRCN to achieve its mandate in the area of public education on teachers activities.