The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) said it had registered no fewer than 1.6 million teachers.
A statement issued by the Registrar of the council, Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye, also said that the first professional qualifying examination of TRCN would hold in September, 2017.
The examination, he added, was designed to fully professionalise teaching in Nigeria.
He said: “The Registration Council will put a stop to normal registration by end of May and ensure that only those qualified are employed by government for quality assurance.
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“By end of 2017, Nigerian children will be taught by only qualified professional teachers who can deliver the quality education desirous for the elevation of our children and our country.
“Professionalism is the key, those who do not have what it takes cannot be trusted with the lives of our children.
“We are out to ensure a guaranteed future for our children because they are the leaders of tomorrow and we can only achieve this by ensuring that those who teach them are the best around.
“This will translate to higher performances and better value for professional teachers.
“The professional examination takes place by September ending and it is the first of its kind.”