Japa: UK announces plan to recruit Nigerian teachers in 2023

The United Kingdom has announced an opportunity to recruit teachers with one-year teaching experience from Nigeria and other countries.

The UK department for education made this announcement in a publication on its website. 

It listed Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Singapore, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe as countries whose citizens can apply for UK teaching jobs in 2023.

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The UK government announced that the programme will commence on February 1.

Teachers can be recruited directly from their countries of origin or among those residing in the UK, the notice read but prospects must have a degree of an equivalent academic standard as a UK bachelor’s degree.

“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,” the statement said. 

“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.

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“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.”

The UK National Education Union (NEU) revealed that new graduates are not choosing teaching professions while the worsening inflation and excessive workload has forced professional teachers to choose new career paths. 

The demand for teaching professionals has risen since the beginning of 2022 in UK. 

The UK department of education has promised to increase the salaries of lowest-paid teachers to about £30,000 next year.

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