Governor El-Rufai says new Kaduna teachers failed letter writing test.
The governor said some teachers had tried to cheat their way through the recruitment process.
Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that some of the new teachers being recruited by the government could not write a basic letter of acceptance.
While speaking at the “Governance Matters” roundtable organised by Development Alternative Incorporation (DAI) on Thursday, March 8, 2018, the governor said the new hires were disqualified after it was discovered they tried to cheat their way to employment.
He said, “Even 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 further vowed that his administration will intensify its effort to fix the education system in the state regardless of the political costs.
Kaduna’s controversial mass sacking
El-Rufai has been involved in a bitter clash with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna after he controversially sacked 21,780 primary school teachers who failed a competency test organised by the state government
Of the 33,000 primary school teachers who sat for the examination conducted by the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), only 11,220 passed the exercise.
After issuing a one-month notice to the failed teachers to prepare for disengagement from service, the Kaduna State Executive Council approved the immediate commencement of the process of recruiting 25,000 new primary school teachers.
In reaction to the dismissal, several protests sprung up across the state resulting in a violent attack on lawmakers and vandalisation of properties worth millions at the state’s House of Assembly complex.
On January 8, 2018, the state’s chapter of the NUT embarked on an indefinite strike that was called off 10 days later.
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