Facebook user and newly employed Kaduna State teacher, Usman Kabiru, took to the platform to thank God for being among those employed by the State Government, following the sack of 22,000 teachers in the state.
Sharing a photo of his employment letter, the newly employed Kaduna State teacher wrote;
Alhamdulillah i have been offer a teacher in subeb as a primary teacher, may Allah bless d work amin
Reports in January 207, revealed Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s reason for sacking 22,000 teachers in state. According to him, the affected persons were dismissed from their jobs because they were unqualified.
He pointed out that at the resumption of office, the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, ESSPIN, report he received showed that 83 per cent of the teachers scored less than 25 per cent in Maths and literacy exams.
The governor, who spoke in a broadcast to Kaduna people ahead of the New Year, recalled that the government of the late Sir Patrick Yakowa dismissed 4,000 teachers with fake results.
El-Rufai said, “The Kaduna State Executive Council, at its August 8, 2012 meeting, after considering the report of the verification committee, gave a five-year window for under-qualified teachers to acquire the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).
“This five-year grace period has now expired, and that is why this administration weeded out teachers who didn’t have the requisite skills and qualifications to teach,” he said.
El-Rufai also recalled that the 2015 ESSPIN report on pupil and teacher competence levels showed that 83 per cent of the teachers scored less than 25 per cent in Maths and literacy exams.
Primary two pupils scored an average of 14 per cent in English and 27 per cent in Maths, while primary four pupils scored an average of 13 per cent in English and 17 per cent in Numeracy.
The governor added, “The government responded to this report by getting the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to conduct a survey of teacher competence. We took further steps to address these gaps by training and retraining the teachers.”