The planned sacking of 21,000 primary school teachers in Kaduna has been stopped by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Kaduna, the teachers who failed a competency test we due to be sacked by the Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
The Kaduna State Government (KDSG) announced that the teachers who failed the test would be sacked and replaced with new ones which resulted to protest by the teachers and some students.
In October the teachers dragged the KDSG before the industrial court, asking that the court stop the state government form sacking any of them on basis of the test conducted in June 2017. The Lawyer who represented the Teacher Samuel Atum filled a motion on October 30th of “interlocutory Injunction” asking the court to restrain the KDSG form dismissing any teacher on the basis of the test conducted.
On Thursday during the hearing, Justice Lawal Mani granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit and adjourned the case until February 6th, 2018.
Speaking with Newsmen after the court session Samuel Atum, lauded the court for granting their order against the planned sacking by the state government. “This is democracy and the premise of democracy is the rule of law, so we expect nothing more than absolute submission by the state government to comply with the order of the court”.
“I have confidence that the government will comply or obey this order.” he said
Some teachers who were present at the court session were seen jubilating and congratulating themselves over the injunction of the court.