Kaduna State Government prepares to sack teachers who failed competence test against all odds

Kaduna State Government - El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has made public some of the scripts of teachers who failed the competency test conducted for all public school teachers in the state.

33,000 public school teachers took the exam in October and 21,700 which is about 75% failed. The gross failure by the teachers prompted Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai to sack those who failed.

The government then announced a massive recruitment in the state for 25,000 new teachers to fill the vacant position of sacked teachers, a move condemned by the Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

In response to the outcry, the Kaduna State Government released some scripts of the failed teachers via the official Twitter account of the state governor asking if anyone would allow such teachers to teach their child. In some of the scripts, some teachers couldn’t even spell their schools or qualifications correctly.

Governor El-Rufai, while making public the scripts, added that

the court of public opinion should determine whether the teachers who failed the primary four competency test are fit and should be allowed to continue teaching.

Responding to allegation by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) that the exercise was a deliberate ploy to lay off teachers, Nok said:

The exercise was not designed to witch-hunt anyone. Those that do not fit in the profession will be transferred to areas they could make impact and those that are beyond redemption, I am sorry, they will have to go.

The sacked teachers and students have since embarked on a protest. The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday led a march by hundreds of demonstrators through the streets of Kaduna in protest against the planned sack of 21,780 primary school teachers by the state government.

Following the refusal of the government to step back from the decision to sack the workers, some health workers also joined in the protest fearing it might soon be their turn.

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