4,500 teachers that were shortlisted in the recent list of about total number of 15,897 new teachers recruited in Kaduna State have been sacked by the Kaduna State Government.
An aide to the state’s commissioner of education Lawal Danjuma, who had also confirmed the sack of this newly 4,500 teachers, that were recruited just after 22,000 teachers were sacked by the Government for not passing a primary 4-level competency test, were sacked for incompetence.
Lawal told BBC that the teachers find it so hard to write acceptance letters after they were given the job as teachers.
There is no place for teachers who don’t know how to write simple acceptance letters in our primary schools, sacking them is best for children’s education.
This is coming after the Governor Nasir El-Rufai revealed that after the state has sacked 21,780 teachers that “failed” a competency test that was organized, some of the new ones were found to be unqualified for the job.
El-Rufai who made the statement at a roundtable discussion on governance, that was held in Abuja said the state government began a recruitment process for another 25,000 teachers. But “even some of the new teachers we tried to recruit tried to game the system”, the governor said.
“We gave those that passed letters of appointments and a plain sheet of paper to write a simple letter of acceptance and some could not.
“It was clear they didn’t write the tests themselves.”
He said owing to the “strides” recorded by the state government in the education sector, private schools in Kaduna “are in trouble now.”
“All their teachers have now left to join our government,” he said, adding: “We believe that in five years’ time, private education in Kaduna will be a luxury, rather than a necessity.”
El-Rufai said his administration is determined to “fix the education system” in Kaduna and that “if it will cost us re-election, it is a price we are prepared to pay”.
In the year 2017, the governor of the Kaduna state has released some samples of the exam questions, over a thousand of basic school teachers failed after those teachers were being sacked. It was so incredible to know that the teachers failed the said exams they set for their own pupils to write. The primary school teachers couldn’t pass exams that were meant for their six-year-old pupils. 21,780 teachers, that’s almost two-thirds of the total number of teachers who sat for the exams could not score 75% or higher.
The latest recruitment was done in order to replace the thousands of teachers that were sacked at the time. This shows that a country like Nigeria is still struggling to deal with the poor pupil-teacher ratios across various states.