Unqualified, unlicensed teachers risk been shoved aside by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Adamu, Minister of State Education gave the indication in Abuja while monitoring the 2018 Batch A Teacher Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) in Abuja. The Minister was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Sonny Echono.
Echono said if teachers were not qualified and properly equipped for the job,students whom they teach would also fall short of educational knowledge.
“The person at the centre of it all is the teacher, not the pupils and if the teachers are not qualified and properly equipped then how can they give our children the best.
“So as a government we are insisting that we must raise the standards; we must become like other countries of the world.
“We have set a deadline for ourselves and we are going to enforce it.
“If by 2019 you are not a qualified, certified and registered teacher, you will be removed from our classrooms and we will give the job to those who are qualified.
“It is an embarrassment to us that we have so many qualified people without job and we are given the job to people who are not qualified. It is insane.
”In the past, we did not have the right numbers, so we appreciate that those not qualified helped us to meet that shortfall, that is why we have given this time of grace,” he said