April 22, 2024

TRC inducts 411 staff members, students of UNIUYO

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TRC inducts 411 staff members, students of UNIUYO

Ini Billie Uyo

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has inducted 411 staff members and students of the University of Uyo into the council.

The Registrar of the Council, Prof. Josiah Ayiboye, asked the inductees to be ready to facilitate learning and make it meaningful to the learners for capacity development.

Ayiboye said this during the ceremony of two batches of inductees in Uyo on Friday.

Ayiboye, who was represented by Director, Regulation, Accreditation and Enforcement of the Council, Dr Okuwola Abimbola, said teaching is one of the most challenging professions on the society. He added that knowledge should be expanded rapidly for teachers and students.

According to him, learning is evolving, as such, teachers are expected to facilitate learning and make it meaningful to individual learners, rather than just providing knowledge and skills to groups.

He stated that modern development in innovative technologies has provided new possibilities to the teaching profession, and also demand that teachers learn how to use new technologies in the teaching and learning processes.

“This, therefore, calls for teachers to be equipped adequately to face the daunting task ahead of them,” he said.

The registrar said the induction was in line with government directive that unqualified teachers should be swept out of the system, as such, the exercise was necessary.

He emphasized that teachers must not only get into the knowledge informed demands of the contemporary life, but must be at a shoulder level with every other professional group functioning in the wider context of a knowledge driven economy.

“It is for this reason that professional teachers must embrace radical paradigm shift from the content and method model to the broad knowledge base model which incorporates the essential ingredients of professionalism,” he said.

As the inductees took the Oath of Practice, Prof. Ayiboye charged them on the essential legal basis for being admitted into the profession, saying it was a condition for professional practice.

“Any breach of the law particularly on oath, calls for sanction, the oath administration symbolizes induction of all new teachers into the practice,” he said.

While speaking, Vice Chancellor of Uniuyo, Prof. Nyaudo Ndaeyo, recalled that the first induction had a total of 92 inductees, saying the number has increased.

Prof Ndaeyo who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Anthony Akpan, explained that the COVID-19 pandemic truncated the sixth induction ceremony in 2020.

He stated that it compelled the university to merge the 2021 and 2022 set together with the later having a total number of 284 candidates.

The Vice Chancellor said the exercise was an annual event which brings newly graduated and those in service into the profession.

He re-echoed the fact that the teaching profession would be complex if proper orientation was not given to disabuse the misconception that it was all about talking, adding that training and retraining makes a good teacher.

He explained that upholding professional ethics was one aspect that made the practice of teaching not too difficult, adding that for teachers to be relevant and excel in the profession, they must hold unto the ethics governing the practice.

“I charge you all to be good ambassadors in the teaching profession to project the good image of the Faculty of Education and the University of Uyo which laid the foundation of the teaching career to you,” he said.

The VC further noted that organising regular training and retraining programmes would enable neophytes in the system remain relevant to face the challenges in a changing world, as well as equally inculcate in them the spirit of continuous learning.

He commended the faculty for supporting the grooming of qualified teachers into the teaching profession in the country.

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