Door Opens for Nigerian Teachers to Practice in the UK

Nigerians can apply for the qualified teacher status through the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) in the United Kingdom effective from February 2023.

Nigeria is part of African countries including Ghanaz South Africa and Zimbabwe that are eligible.

The UK Government website released a publication this month announcing the application for interested non-UK nationals through the Department of Education.

Nigerian applicants do not require initial teaching qualifications as the UK will offer training programmes for potential migrants.

The notice read, “From February 1, 2023, teachers who qualified in the following nine countries (listed above) will also be able to apply to the QTR through the TRA. This change is part of the launch of a new service.”

“Teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of the QTS. Over time, this route will be opened to qualified teachers from every country outside the UK.”

“To apply for assessment – only QTS, you do not need a formal teacher training qualification.

“However, you must have: a minimum of two years teaching experience,

a first (bachelor’s) degree from a UK or non-UK university, an English language qualification which is the same standard as a grade four General Certificate of Secondary Education, a maths qualification which is the same standard as a grade four GCSE to teach children aged three to 11 in primary school, a physics, chemistry or biology (science) qualification which is the same standard as a grade four GCSE.”

Healthcare practitioners have benefited immensely from the migration opportunities in the UK through the plethora of jobs in the NHS.

Now teachers could be part of the new wave of “brain drain” from Africa.

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