It's not news that we have an education problem in Nigeria. From lack of practical or technical facilities, to the lack of properly trained teachers to an obsolete curriculum that we still make students learn from (my brother is studying the same course I graduated from and he's learning the exact same things, even though the world has definitely changed), to a general unwillingness to change our education to fit the changing world, Nigeria's educational issues are owed to a variety of reasons. Not to mention poor funding and corruption.
Last week, the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, announced the state's plans to recruit 25,000 teachers as one of the plans to restore dignity and quality to education. Why is Kaduna state recruiting 25,000 teachers? Because about 22,000 teachers failed primary 4 level competency tests.
Kaduna State Government to recruit at least 25 thousand teachers after over 20 thousand teachers fail primary 4 competence test. pic.twitter.com/LiTRg1EAmc— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) October 9, 2017
"We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examinations and required they must get at least 75 percent but I am sad to announce that 66 percent of them failed to get the requirements."
The reason for this is clear. In Nigeria, many things, including the hiring of teachers, are politicised and invariably, the least competent people get important jobs and churn out low quality products. The Kaduna state government wants to change this by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.
As of last week, in a bid to improve the education sector, the education directors in the state have decided to enrol their children in public schools starting from this academic session.
You see, while the Kaduna state government is taking strides in the right direction to improve education in the state, there are people who feel like firing the 22,000 teachers who failed the test, is unfair.
Exams has never been the best way of testing ability. It should serve as avenue for identifying trainable needs of such teachers @elrufai— Abbas Yusuf (@aayusufu) October 9, 2017
If over 22,000 teachers can fail primary 4 level competency test, what in God's name have they been teaching the pupils? What training skills can we even begin to give these people?