The United Kingdom (UK) has listed Nigeria among African countries eligible to apply for the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through its Teaching Regulation Agency from February 1, 2023.

The UK also listed Ghana, India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Singapore, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe as eligible countries for the programme.

The UK government made this known in a statement issued by its Department for Education.

The Department stated that applicants did not need a formal teacher training qualification to apply for the QTS.

It, however, noted that a minimum of two years teaching experience was required to be eligible for the programme

The UK Department for Education stated: “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.”.