No fewer than 11,350 candidates on Saturday, participated in the first batch of the Teachers Registration Council’s Professional Qualifying Examination nationwide. The examination popularly known as PQE is conducted by the TRCN, the regulatory agency for teaching in Nigeria.
Registrar of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this while monitoring the exercise at Sascon International School Maitama, Abuja, said reports from across the country revealed that the exam went on smoothly.
Ajiboye, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, David Adejo, further disclosed that Lagos State had the highest number of registered candidates for the PQE with over 1,500 entrants, followed by Kano State and the Federal Capital Territory.
The TRCN boss noted that Kebbi State had the lowest number of participants in the exercise, stating the exercise, however, recorded tremendous improvement in terms of participation and the accreditation process.
“Well, generally, all over the country, we have about 11,350 candidates who are writing the exam, with Lagos State having the highest with 1500 plus candidates, followed by Kano State and FCT Abuja; then you have a state like Kebbi with the lowest number of candidates for the examination.
“There has been a lot of improvement with regards to even the accreditation procedure because part of what we did was to develop an app to be able to accredit candidates, and this is working perfectly well.
“We’re able to check your name, your passport photograph will also appear and everything like that, so we know that the people that are writing the exam are those who actually applied; so, it’s been going on smoothly,” he said.