Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) says it has conducted online professional qualifying examinations for no fewer than eight Nigerian teachers in the diaspora.
Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, the Chief Executive Officer of the council, said during the conduct of the examinations in Abuja that the aim of the council “is to provide opportunity for Nigerian teachers in the diaspora to be certified and licensed to teach in any part of the world”.
Represented by Mrs Jacinta Ametepe-Ogboso, Deputy Director and Head of Examination, Professional Development of the council, Ajiboye noted the examination was mandatory for teachers who intended to teach abroad.
“The professional qualifying examination is for Nigerian teachers in diaspora who wish to have the teachers registration council certificate and licence.
“We started this examination for Nigerian teachers in diaspora in 2019; and so far, this set is the third batch of teachers writing the examination.
“This batch has eight candidates sitting for the examination at the same time, though they are in different countries.
“So, 24 hours to the examination, we sent them links to the exams and once it is the set time, they log in and they begin their examinations,” he said.
He said that appropriate measures had been put in place to monitor and ensure that the candidates did not cheat during the examination, explaining that the “web cam on each candidates’ computer must be placed in such a way that we can see their head to their shoulder level.
“When we discover that a candidate is talking to anybody during the time of the examination, such candidate paper will be cancelled, this is to discourage any form of malpractice”.
Mrs Odumosu Olaitan, Head, Information and Communications Technology of the council, said that instructions and guidelines on how to write the examinations were usually sent to the candidates ahead of the examination date.
She added that the council had put appropriate measures in place to ensure technically hitch-free examinations.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the one-hour computer based examination had 60 questions and was supervised by high ranking directors of the council via video conferencing.