The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN said at least 11,487 candidates passed the annual Professional Qualifying Examination of the council conducted nationwide.
According to its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, on Friday, a total of 17,602 candidates sat for the examination, while 3,650 teachers failed the exercise.
Ajiboye stated these in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the achievements recorded by the TRCN.
He gave the number of qualified teachers in Nigeria at about 2.2 million.
He said, “A total of 17,602 candidates took the examination; 11,487, which is 75.9 per cent, passed; while 3,650 candidates, which is 24.1 per cent, failed.”
The examination was reported to be the second series conducted by TRCN for 2020, which took place between November 12 and 14.
Ajiboye added that the announcement of special salary package and other benefits for teachers by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), remained top of its achievement in 2020.
He also lauded the National Council on Education who recently approved all as announced by the President during the World Teachers Day.
The Registrar noted that the next in line was to secure the approval of the Federal Executive Council.
He added that for the increase in service and retirement years for teachers, the National Assembly is also expected to intervene in amending relevant laws.
Ajiboye also boosted that the TRCN mobilised over 60,000 teachers for various digital skills training in 2020 in collaboration with other relevant bodies.
The TRCN boss added that the council would release the present figure of quack teachers in the country’s teaching profession soon.
Buhari; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; and Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, was also commended by the registrar for their support to the teaching profession.