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The Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol, which is a multilateral agreement endorsed on September 1st, 2004 by the Ministers of Education of the Commonwealth countries requires each country of the Commonwealth to streamline and standardize its teacher education programmes.
This is to facilitate international comparison and equal treatment/conditions of service for teachers who wish to teach abroad in other Commonwealth countries.  Ostensibly, the Protocol adopted in the United Kingdom was chaired by the then Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Prof. Fabian Osuji.
Similarly, the world body of teaching councils - the International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA), with its headquarters at Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom has in its 2009 World Conference mandated member countries to expedite action on the standardization of teacher education programmes and teacher recognition criteria. The need for the PGDE National Benchmarks was pursued most vigorously by the Chairman of Committee of Deans of Education, Prof. O. O. Anowor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology who constantly urged TRCN to take up the challenge.
The TRCN CAP T3 of 1993, Section 1(1) further empowered TRCN to regulate and control the teaching profession in Nigeria "in all aspects and ramifications". The Act also gave TRCN the responsibility to determine who is a teacher in Nigeria; and to determine the level of knowledge and skills required to be a teacher and to raise the level from time to time.
In pursuit of these international, national and statutory mandates that TRCN collaborated with Consultants, Stakeholders and the Committee of Deans of Education of Nigerian Universities to come up with this PGDE National Benchmark.
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