President Muhammadu Buhari has supported moves by Kaduna State government to sack 21,780 primary school teachers, who failed the state’s competency test.
The affected teachers, according to the state government, failed primary four test.
Buhari backed the planned sack of the teachers, while speaking at a special session of the Federal Executive Council, on the crisis in the nation’s education sector.
He also expressed concern over the 13.2 million children, who are out schools in the country.
“It is a very serious situation, when teachers cannot pass the exams that they are supposed to teach the children to pass. It is a very tragic situation we are in.
“For nine years, I was in boarding school, three in primary and six in secondary school. In those days, teachers treated students or children like their own children. If you did well, they would tell you that you did well. If you didn’t do well, they never spared the rod.
“I listened to one Nigerian I respect. He said after his training here in Nigeria and the United States, he went to his alma mater, his primary school, to see what he could contribute.
“I won’t mention his name, but when he went, he couldn’t differentiate between the students, the children and the teachers.
“And what El-Rufai is trying to do now is exactly what that man told me about 10 years ago. It is a very serious situation, when teachers cannot pass the exams that they are suppose to teach the children to pass,” the President said.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir el-Rufai said, some of the state governments are contacting Kaduna State government, to understudy its competency test for teachers.
Kogi State government, according to the state government on its Twitter handle, had already visited Kaduna to understudy the state’s competency test.
About 25,000 new teachers are being recruited to replace those to be sacked, for failing the teachers competency test.Please subscribe to our newsletter