The Commendable Kaduna State Experiment

The Commendable Kaduna State Experiment

His positioning has been weakened because of the genocide in southern Kaduna which seems hopeless of being brought under control by both the state and national governments. But excluding that (if you can),  Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has demonstrated uncommon boldness which can lead to sustainable reforms.

I admire what he has done in the education sector by weeding out unqualified teachers. That is a very bold playbook which we must appreciate: “The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) says it has dismissed 2,357 teachers who failed the recently conducted competency test. ..the board conducted a competency test for over 30,000 teachers in December 2021.”

No kid should be unfortunate to be taught by a bad teacher. What Nasir El-Rufai has done should be scaled across Nigeria. If a teacher cannot pass the same exam he is administering to kids, he has no mission to teach. The labour union should support the government on this because it is the only right policy for the future.

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She said that 2,192 primary school teachers including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Audu Amba, had been dismissed for refusing to sit for the competency test.

She said that some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for poor performances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Kaduna government in 2018 sacked 21,780 teachers who failed a competency test, and replaced them with 25,000 others recruited through vigorous processes.

In December 2021, the board also sacked 233 teachers over alleged possession of fake certificates.


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