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CEO: TRCN inducts New Members ...Describes College As ICT Compliant

The 4th induction ceremony of the Teachers Registration Council of Ni geria (TRCN) witnessed 500 inductees last Friday at College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. The excitement of dreams come true were seen boldly written on the faces of the inductees, parents and staff who came to celebrate with their wards, siblings and children as they made them proud. On the other hand, the mini theatre hall of the College was alive with visitors, friends and acquaintances for the big event. In his address the registrar/chief executive of TRCN, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye at the professional induction ceremony, applauded the commitment of the leadership of the College, the Provost and management team as well as staff for always giving high premium to Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) induction protocol, noting that over the years the institution has served as one of the best international practices and quality assurance benchmark in teacher-s professionalisation drive. In his words, "Societal forces lead to such changes from which issues arise, resolution of which in turn, lead to further changes. The present-day issue of COVID-19 present actors in the education sector with vistas of opportunities and challenges to mitigate the effect of the pandemic. "The "new normal" that has emanated from the pandemic has made government, education administrators and stakeholders in the industry to be proactive in curriculum designing; use of television medium; mobile learning and virtual delivery system which is geared towards bridging the gap in the teaching and learning process." According to him, "I am glad to be part of this memorable occasion and to be associated with this institution for mounting induction protocol over the years, I have the singular honour of declaring COE Afaha Nsit as ICT compliance college." He maintained, "from the ancient society to modern nations, education has proven to be the most potent instrument in man's struggle for survival, growth and development and the teacher remains its pivot. Today's teachers must not only fit into the knowledge of informed demands of the contemporary life, but must be at a shoulder level with every other professional groups functioning in the wider context of a knowledge driven economy. "It is for this reason that a professional teacher must embrace radical paradigm shift from the content and method model to the broad knowledge base model which incorporates the essential ingredients of professionalism." Professor Ajiboye furthered that "the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) serves as the gateway to teacher professional life and personal development and growth. The Council is established to bring about a rapid transformation in the teaching and learning to the highest standard possible. This is particularly with respect to the quality of teachers, education programmes, professional conducts and overall status of teachers at all levels of the education system", he said. "However, this transformation cannot be possible without fundamental change in the attitude, orientation and behavior of teachers towards greater values, ideals and practices as obtained in other noble professions. "Permit me to mention that, of all the professions in the world, teaching is perhaps the noblest and the oldest. The profession can be aptly described as the mother of all professions. It is the teaching profession that made the emergence of all other professions possible. All other professionals and practitioners are educated and taught by the teacher hence, everybody who is anybody was taught how to be somebody by a teacher, therefore teaching should be accorded its exotic rightful place of prominence through inculcation of best practices which this induction is meant to promote." The TRCN registrar urged the new teachers take oath exercise with all seriousness it deserves. "Oath taking is the most important legal basis for admission into a profession and a condition for a professional practice. Please note that any breach of the law particularly on Oath, calls for sanction. The oath administration symbolizes induction of all new teachers into the profession. By the event of today all inductees shall be accepted into the teaching profession," he congratulated and welcomed the inductees into the teaching profession as well as enjoined them to be good ambassadors of the College and the noble profession. Earlier in an address presented by the Provost, College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Dr Daniel George Udo noted that the occasion was another milestone as it marked the official acceptance of those qualified to be admitted into the noble profession of teaching. He noted that as teachers and builders of the conscience and status of the society through the moulding of character and the intellect, so much is expected of them: "exhibiting a high level of integrity; living unquestionably in character; upholding a special self-discipline and projecting a sound moral conduct both within and outside the classroom." Dr Udo informed that the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) is a Federal Government Agency of the Ministry of Education saddled with the responsibility of documentation and control of the Teaching Profession and its inducted members in the country. "I stand on behalf of the Management, students and staff of this College and gladly receive the officials of the Council from the National, Zonal and State to this very important event. I also welcome other stakeholders in the education sector, parents and friends of the inductees as well as lovers of the education profession who have found time to relate with us in this ceremony. The College boss noted that the responsibilities of teachers in the future of any nation cannot be overemphasized. "As a people, we can only safe our tomorrow from ruin by safeguarding the integrity of education as a profession today. There is no greatness anywhere in the globe today that was not built by a teacher. Therefore, teachers hold the key and are pivot to the well positioning of the nation. "In our efforts to live a successful, impactful and meaningful life, we turn to education as the master key. When we mention education, we point at the teacher; in referring to the teacher, we are referring to you, the inductees. That places you above board in the society. "Today, as we officially accept you into the teaching profession, I challenge you all to be worthy ambassadors of this noble calling and positively stand out where ever you find yourself. I expect you to display every sense of responsibility, exhibit high moral standards, serve with passion in your mission and maintain your integrity as a true representative of this very noble profession," he submitted. Goodwill messages were presented by representative of the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Education, office of the deputy provost, Academic - Dr. Esther Andrews, office of the Dean School of Education- Dr. Iniobong Umoh, management staff of the college, TRCN desk officer Dr. (Mrs) Catherine Akpan as well

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