Competency Test: Newly Recruited Teachers Unqualified, Can’t Write Letter – Governor El-Rufai
The era of unqualified teachers seems not to have ended in Kaduna State despite Governor Nasiru El-Rufai’s efforts in making sure that the newly employed teachers are qualified.
Recently, the governor said some of the teachers that were recruited in the state could not write their Acceptance Letters.
According to him, “After the state sacked 21,780 teachers that “failed” a competency test, it organised another one. Some of the new ones were also discovered to be equally unqualified.”
El-Rufai, who was speaking at a Roundtable Discussion on Governance which was organised in Abuja, said the decision of the Kaduna State Government to sack the teachers had drawn criticism from some Nigerians.
He said: “After the sack, the government began a recruitment process of another 25,000 teachers but some of the new teachers we tried to recruit tried to game the system.
“We gave those that passed, Letters of Appointments and a plain sheet of paper to write a simple Letter of Acceptance and some could not.
“It was clear they didn’t write the tests themselves.”
The governor said as a result of the “strides” recorded by the state government in the education sector, private schools in Kaduna “are in trouble now”.
“All their teachers have now left to join our government. We believe that in five years’ time, private education in Kaduna will be a luxury, rather than a necessity,” he added.
El-Rufai said his administration was determined to “fix the education system” in Kaduna, saying “if it will cost us re-election, it is a price we are prepared to pay.”
Investigations carried out by Independent revealed that majority of the newly recruited teachers were mostly those who had earlier been sacked by the government.
One of the teachers who spoke to Independent said: “If some of the teachers who the government recruited are those who had earlier being sacked, one begins to wonder why the government had sacked them.”
According to the teacher who spoke in animosity, “some of us who are qualified are put together with the unqualified ones, same salaries and remunerations.
“I think the governor should have retrained them instead, rather than sacking them. See what is happening now?
“We now have more unqualified teachers.
“My sincere advice to the government is for them to retrain and retrain.”
A private school owner in Kaduna told Independent that “We do not believe that the issue of private schools in Kaduna will become a luxury rather than neccesity”.
“Yes, the state government might have employed a good number of teachers in the state but, how many will they employ, he asked?
“Agreed that the government pays well and the salaries are regular but they cannot employ all the teachers in the state”.
“News has even gotten to us that some of the recruited teachers are the ones earlier sacked”.
“We acknowledge the fact that the government wants to sanitize the education system in the state but anytime, the public schools cannot compete with the private schools in the state. Not just yet, maybe in the near future but not now”, he boasted