Human rights lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, has given insights into how the Kaduna State Government could legally sack its 21,780 primary and secondary school teachers who recently failed the competency test conducted by the government.
Mr. Ogunye, in a Facebook post on Saturday, argued that the teachers cannot be mass-sacked, but the government can employ imaginative ways of sacking them within the ambit of the law.
The case of the teachers has spurred controversies in recent days after evidences emerged that the teachers performed woefully in the competency test conducted by the government.
Some of the scripts released by the government showed that many of the teachers supplied ridiculous answers to basic questions while about two-thirds of the teachers failed to score up to 75 per cent in the grading.
The release of the scripts sparked outrage on the internet, with many Nigerians lamenting the sorry state of basic education in the state and across the country.
The Kaduna State government has since vowed to sack the affected workers, despite threats by the local chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, to embark on indefinite strike.
The government also said it will recruit 25,000 qualified teachers in their stead.
In his intervention, Mr. Ogunye maintained that the poor performance of the teachers in basic and elementary competency tests is less the failure of the teachers than it is of governance and the Nigerian education system, adding that it is a rot the nation will have to confront.
According to Premium Times, the lawyer said that the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the teachers and other political opponents of the state governor, Nasir El Rufai, may be at war with him for “self-preservation and opportunistic reasons” but what the governor truly deserves is commendation and not condemnation for bringing this matter to the front burner of public discourse.
He said, “The issue of quota system, educationally disadvantaged states and nepotism in our public tertiary education, and mediocrity in the workforce begin with a faulty, caricature primary and secondary education.”