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Nigerian teachers can now apply for teaching jobs in the United Kingdom.

This came as a result of a programme put in place by the Department of Education.

To be eligible, applying teachers need to attain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is issued by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

The UK has given Nigeria the honour to apply for teaching jobs among other countries from the continent.

Other countries with the privilege to apply by February 2023 are: Hong Kong, Ghana, Jamaica, India, Singapore, Ukraine, South Africa, Zimbabwe.

“This change is part of the launch of a new service to apply for QTS in England,” the notice reads.

“From 1 February 2023, teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of QTS. Over time, this route will be opened to qualified teachers from every country outside the UK.

“This will ensure all non-UK teachers awarded QTS meet the same high standards, while also increasing opportunities for highly qualified teachers wherever they trained.”

To be eligible, one needs to have had a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience.

The statement reads: “To apply for assessment only QTS, you do not need a formal teacher training qualification. However, you must have: a minimum of 2 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 4 GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education); a maths qualification which is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE to teach children aged 3 to 11 in primary school and a physics, chemistry or biology (science) qualification which is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE.”

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