From Mohammad Ibrahim Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed El’rufai has said that only graduates will be employed as primary school teachers in the state.
The decision came after over 21,000 teachers failed primary four aptitude test organised by the state government.
But the government decision to sack those teachers who couldn’t pass the exam met stiff opposition from Nigerian Labour Congress, Nigerian Union of Teachers and the teachers themselves.
Governor El’rufai who remained resilient said to save the future of over 2 million primary school pupils in the state competent people must be employed as teachers.
He disclosed this while making a live broadcast at the weekend over his administration’s plan to upgrade the standard of public schools in the state.
El’rufai added that majority of public school teachers enrolled their children in private schools because they lost confidence in the public schools they teach.
”So, we denounced the hypocrisy of our critics for sacking unqualified teachers but enrolled their children in private schools.
“We will ensure that SUBED set first degree as qualification for teachers enrolment in the state because from now on only graduates will be employed as teachers in the state.”
The Governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for believing in his administration’s educational reform.
So far about 43,000 people applied for teaching job in the state as the government planned to replace the 21,000 with 250,000 graduates.