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War In Kaduna State Over The Sack Of 21,780 Teachers Following Competence Exam

The state is therefore shopping for 25,000 new teachers as one of the plans to restore dignity and quality to education.

When public primary schools teachers in Kaduna State were told to get set and vacate their jobs, it didn’t sound real to them.

Not long after the announcement, 33,000 primary schools teachers in Kaduna went through real shake-up that has resulted in 21,780 failing the quality test to enable them remain at work.

The reality now is that they face sack any time soon.

Interestingly, the state government is not kidding about this change at the primary school tutorial work force.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had said and vowed at several fora that unqualified teachers must give way to qualified ones if the education system at that foundation level must work and stand the test of time.

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The sack notice began when the state government set examination for the teachers, and 21,780 of them failed even primary four examinations.

“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examination and required they must score at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements,” El-Rufai had disclosed.

To this end, Governor El-Rufai said the state would shop for 25,000 new teachers as part of the plans to restore dignity and quality to education in the state.

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Many stakeholders noted that the initiative to test these teachers was commendable because the quality of the teachers and teachings in public primary schools has gone from bad to worse.

“Because pupils have no quality basic education at the primary school level, they find it very difficult to cope at the secondary and tertiary levels. A house built on faulty foundation cannot stand,” a stakeholder said.

Expectedly, the social media has been abuzz with posts and comments regarding this issue.

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