51 Lagos Teachers Fail Professional Exam, Says TRCN

Fifty-one teachers have failed the professional qualifying examination (PQE) conducted by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) in Lagos State.

The state Coordinator of the council, Mr Gbolahan Enilolobo, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos that 412 teachers sat for the exam.

Enilolobo said the teachers failed because they were not conversant with the use of the computer.

NAN reports that the TRCN, on October 14, conducted the examination through Computer-Based Test (CBT).

The examination was to qualify the successful teachers to register as professionals and be licensed with the council.

According to Enilolobo, the unsuccessful teachers will re-register for the exam and will be disqualified if they fail three consecutive attempts.

He said: “The failure of the teachers is due to their inability to use the computer, especially as it was the first time they were using CBT for the examination. About three of the teachers exited without even completing the examination, indicating they’re being unfamiliar with the system at all.

“Those who failed will have to re-sit for the examination. But if a failure occurs consecutively three times, it means automatic disqualification. Such teachers cannot be licensed.”

Giving the statistics of teachers in attendance, Enilolobo said one PhD holder, 30 Master’s degree holders, 282 first degree and 99 holders of National Certificate of Education (NCE) sat for the exam.

The coordinator said nine of the Master’s degree holders failed.

According to him, 257 of the 282 first degree holders passed, while 82 NCE holders passed.

Enilolobo said: “The only PhD holder teacher also passed the examination.”

The coordinator said the teachers were the first set to write the examination and were a bit disadvantaged because there were no past questions to enable them to familiarise with the national benchmark of the examination.

“Teachers should align themselves with the computer to reduce the number of failures. Materials can be obtained from bookshops,” he added.

 

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