The Kaduna State Government has announced plans to sack 20,000 unqualified school teachers who wrote and failed a competence test meant for primary four pupils.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai disclosed this on Monday, Oct. 9, while receiving a World Bank delegation in his office.
Lamenting the poor quality of education in the state, the governor described the situation where unqualified teachers are sent to educate the next generation as an impunity. His words:
“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four exams and required they must get at least 75 percent but I’m sad to announce that 66 percent of them failed to get the requirements.
“The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.”
As parts of efforts to restore dignity, quality and confidence to public schools, and the education sector in the state, El-Rufai stated that his administration would disengage about 20,000 unqualified primary school teachers and employ 25,000 primary school teachers.
This, according to the governor would also entrench equity in the distribution of teachers across the state.
Explaining that recruiting teachers had become necessary due to the acute shortage of qualified primary school teachers in the state, El-Rufai stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio.
“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is a concentration of teachers that are not needed. In some LGAs, it’s a teacher-pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said.
The governor said that in a bid to improve the education sector, the school directors decided to enrol their children in public schools starting from this academic session.
In his remarks, the World Bank representative, Kunle Adekola, expressed appreciation to the state for investing in education and for the priority given to the girl child.
“This state has demonstrated and supported us to achieve our goals,” he said.
Mr. Adekola said the Bank would invest N30 million in Rigasa Primary School, which has a population of about 22,000 pupils, as part of its support for the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Education Intervention Fund by the World Bank and other collaborative development partners, is rendering support to about 13 Northern states and a state from each of the other four geopolitical zones of the country.
Earlier in the year, the Kaduna State Government had announced an increase in pupil enrolment into public primary schools in the state between 2015 – 2017.
This was attributed to government’s free Universal Basic Education policy and renewed drive to provide improved learning facilities in the State.
Governor El-Rufai had also stated that concerted efforts were being made to gradually replace obsolete equipment and methods (such as the white boards instead of the usual blackboard) from the school system and replace them with contemporary practices.