Kaduna State Sacks NUT President, 2,356 Teachers For Failing Competency Test

The Kaduna State Government, led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has terminated 2,357 teachers who failed a recent competency test.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna, the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) confirmed the dismissal.

According to Hauwa Mohammed, a KADSUBEB representative, the board conducted a competency test for approximately 30,000 instructors in December 2021.

She said that 2,192 elementary school teachers had been fired for refusing to take the competency exam, including Audu Amba, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

Ms Mohammed said that some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for poor performances.

“The services of teachers who scored below 40 per cent are no longer required, and their appointments have been terminated from the Public Service for their poor performances.

“Teachers who scored 75 per cent and above were recognised as those who passed the test and qualified for attending courses in leadership and school management,” she said.

She said qualified teachers would be included in Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programmes to enhance their capacities to deliver quality teaching to pupils.

Reacting, Ibrahim Dalhatu, state chairman, NUT, dismissed the competency test and the sacking of the affected teachers as “illegal”.

Mr Dalhatu said the union had secured a court order restraining the board from conducting the competency test, adding that it conducted the test without recourse to the rule of law.

“The competency test should be used to determine teachers’ capacity gap and tailored specific training programmes to improve their capacities,” he said.

When contacted, the NUT national president said he was aware of the development, adding that the National Executive Council of the union would sit on Wednesday, June 22, to develop a position.

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