Three weeks ago, the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, announced the state's plans to recruit 25,000 teachers because about 22,000 teachers failed primary 4 level competency tests. It turned out that only 11,220 teachers in Kaduna were considered qualified to teach in public primary schools by the state education board.
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
The state (rightly) went on to fire those 22,000 teachers plus about 3,000 more who were unqualified. Even after they fasted and prayed.
Kaduna State Teachers Begin 3 Day Fasting And Prayers Over State’s Plan To Sack 20,000 https://t.co/NDnUpw6ITI— i_am_Justineevanz (@Justineevannz) October 27, 2017
But because this is Nigeria and our sense of morality is akin to a dirty rag, yesterday, the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Ayuba Wabba, led thousands of teachers in Kaduna to protest the sacking of the primary schoolteachers who failed primary 4 competency examinations (I'm going to keep repeating this because it seems like we don't understand that this is why they were sacked!).
Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Mr. Audu Amba, has now issued a two-week ultimatum to the Kaduna State government to rescind the decision to sack 25,000 workers - who failed primary 4 competency examinations. NLC president, Wabba said the competency test was a plot to sack teachers, saying that the only recognised professional body to test teachers’ competence is the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria. 😂😂😂😂
Nigerians have taken to social media to criticize Governor El-Rufai's actions. This is the most confused I have been and Nigeria confuses me a lot.
The same set of teachers which the Hitler of Kaduna state now called them "unqualified" are responsible for making him a 1st class graduate— Mallam Jibrin Sa'eed (@EedMallam) November 9, 2017
In Kaduna State, 20k teachers have lost their jobs just because they used their THUMBS to elect an El-Rufai.— Lere Olayinka (@OlayinkaLere) November 6, 2017
And this from a whole senator (who cannot spell "quarters"):
People want El Rufai to be diplomatic and merciful about sacking incompetent, barely qualified & semi literate TEACHERS, while kids continue getting substandard education. There's a time for training erring teachers, and this is not it. Teachers who cannot score 65% in a Primary 4 test do not need training, at least not teacher training. They need to be sent back to Primary school themselves or just go do something else.
It's Primary 4 we're we are talking about. Primary 4 students are usually aged between 6 - 8 years old, my god! But their TEACHERS cannot pass the test they supposedly set? And if examinations are not a true measure of knowledge, can one of these 'wronged' teachers kindly explain why the hell they set if for their own students? Have we all gone crazy?