An examination to test the competency of the secondary school teachers in Kaduna would take place very soon according to the Kaduna state government. Several of the teachers in secondary schools in Kaduna have expressed their fear concerning the upcoming test although the test date is yet to be announced.
Kaduna State government conducted a test for over thirty thousand primary school teachers in the state and about twenty two thousand teachers failed to get the required score to pass. The teachers that failed the test were sacked and this generated a lot of uproar towards the end of last year with several bodies protesting the decision of the government but the legislative arm upheld the decision to improve the quality of education in the state.
Governor El-Rufai has expressed a desire to conduct educational reform in Kaduna and the competency test for secondary school teachers is the next step. He said “We have finished tests for primary school teachers and we are going to administer competency tests for secondary school teachers too.”
Secondary school teachers have spoken with some news correspondents concerning the upcoming test and a large number have expressed their uncertainties about the test. “It should be a test on micro-teaching where the teachers will be assessed in the classroom. There are qualities a teacher needs to possess and this can also be seen in the classroom because some people are very intelligent but are not good teachers,” a teacher from a secondary school in Zaria said
“Majority of secondary school teachers are specialized on different subjects, so this should be put into consideration so that a teacher that specializes in English Language will not be assessed on Economics or another subject. If the test will be like the one conducted for primary school teachers, competent teachers cannot be found that way,” she added.
Another teacher implored the Kaduna state government to conduct the exercise in a way that the teachers would be assessed based on their area of expertise. He asked that the pass mark should be fair enough so that a lot of good teachers do not get sacked while the government is trying to reform the educational system. One teacher who pleaded anonymity said “I don’t just like that test and I don’t want it conducted,” she said.
The Kaduna state chairman of the NUT, Comrade Audu Amba disclosed that the teachers were not afraid of the competency test but that they want the test to be conducted by the only body that is mandated to regulate everything that has to do with teachers; this is the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
“We are not the employers of the teachers. NUT is a trade union that is also after quality and not quantity. If the state government intends to test teachers, it should engage the right body to do so and since government has agreed to engage TRCN, we don’t have any problem with the conduct of the test because that has always been our position,” he said.
“Every profession has its regulatory body, so if anything will be done to teachers, it should be through TRCN. So, we are happy that the state government has officially written to TRCN to come and conduct the test,” he said.