By Yabagi Ahmed
Indication has emerged that teachers in Kogi State may be required to obtain a license from the national Teachers Council before they can practice the profession under a new policy being fine-tuned by the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission (TSC), The Graphic Can now authoritatively reveal.
The Chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, Chief Sylvester Momoh Onoja, who made this revelation in an exclusive chat with The Graphic Newspaper in his office in Lokoja last week, stated that the innovation is part of an ongoing effort to reclaim the seeming lost glory of the profession and enhance the productivity of teachers.
He said the license is going to be like what is obtainable with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), which is responsible for licensing Doctors and also empowered to withdraw the license if the need arises.
“It is actually a good innovation because come to think of it, after you have learnt how to drive, you need a driving license to be able to drive your car even though you bought it with your money. So, like the NMA, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria will be required to license you before you can practice in Kogi State.”
Chief Onoja, who stated that the licensing is going to be for only teachers under the Teaching Service Commission, added that the licensees would be required to renew the license annually, adding that the exercise is not meant to sack anyone.
The TSC Chairman who said the there are over 6,000 teachers under the commission informed that though the exercise has never been done anywhere in the country, said it is a legal innovation because it is contained in the legal framework that constitutes the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.
He thanked the present administration under the able leadership of Capt idris Wada, for giving him the support he required to reign in innovative practices that would reposition education in Kogi State.
Chief Onoja particularly mentioned the education law that is currently before the Kogi State House of Assembly as being proposed by his office as the Technical Adviser on Education to the governor, he said, the present administration has shown its commitment to ensuring that the law sees the light of day to give education a new verve.