About 69,231 teachers across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, will on Saturday write the Professional Qualifying Examination organised by the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria.
Oyo state leads in the number of registered teachers writing the examination with 5,145 candidates while Lagos follows with 5,107.
Other states with high registrations are: Kaduna with 4,616 candidates and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which has 4,214.
The teachers are taking the examination ahead of the December 31 deadline for all teachers in the country to register with the TRCN.
The National Council on Education had picked the date for teachers in the country to register with TRCN or disengage from the classrooms by January 1st, 2020.
The Federal Government said that the move for all teachers in the country to obtain the TRCN’s professional certificate was meant to enforce sanity in the teaching profession.
The TRCN Registrar, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, said in Abuja at a press briefing, that the Computer-Based Test had been designed for holders of Bachelor degrees and National Certificate on Education and that measures had been put in place to prevent cheating in all the 47 centres nationwide.
The registrar said: “We have Zamfara State with 397 candidates which is the lowest population to write the examination. The examination will be written across 47 centres with Kaduna having three centres.
“We have two centres in Bauchi, Kebbi, Lagos, Cross River, Oyo, Plateau, Borno and Taraba. About 17 states will be writing the examination for two days. We have taken care of challenges encountered in May and we are better prepared for this October diet.
“The examination is personalised. It is secured as we have not experienced any hacking or tampering with the computers.”