About 21,780 out of 33,000 Kaduna teachers failed failed to score up to 75 per cent when a primary four test was administered to them by the Kaduna State government to test their competence.
The disclosure was made by the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai on Monday while receiving a World Bank delegation in his office.
“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examination and required they must get at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent 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”.
Consequent upon the mass failure of presently employed primary school Kaduna teachers in the state, Mr El-Rufai said the state is shopping for 25,000 new teachers as one of the plans to restore dignity and quality to education.
According to him, this would also entrench equity in the distribution of teachers across the state. He explained that recruiting teachers had become necessary due to the acute shortage of qualified primary school teachers in the state.
He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio adding that his administration would disengage about 20,000 unqualified primary school teachers to restore confidence in public schools.
“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.
‘’In some local government areas, it’s a teacher pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the World Bank representative, Dr. Kunle Adekola, appreciated 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.
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 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.
See pictures of the Primary four questions below: