The Federal Government has threatened to wield the big stick on teachers in both public and private schools who are yet to register with Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
It, however, warned them to quit the teaching profession, if they decided not to register with the council.
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah and Registrar/Chief Executive of the TRCN, Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye, gave the warning at the training of the trainer capacity building workshop, held at the University of Ibadan.
The duo said that the implementation of the registration of teachers will commence in January next year, adding that any teacher who refuses to register by then would not be allowed to teach again.
The Minister said the teacher factor is the most important factor that has affected the quality of education in the country, stating that a well trained qualified teacher who is dedicated to his or her profession will achieve much in teaching delivery with moderate logistics.
According to him, the Federal Government has rolled out a 3-year Ministerial Strategic Plan and the critical elements of the plan is repositioning teacher education, capacity building and professional development.
While insisting that teachers quality and professional development is a cardinal policy directive of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, he maintained that teaching as a profession must have a set of standards just like other professions.