The incompetent persons among the newly recruited teachers in Kaduna State might still be sacked. The Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), Nasiru Umar, disclosed this yesterday. He said the decision became necessary following the discovery that some of them might have bribed their way through the recruitment process.
El-Rufai had recently at a meeting in Abuja, disclosed that some of the applicants could not write their acceptance letter, when ordered to do so. Umar explained that the essence of writing the letter in the presence of the panel was to remove those who might have passed through the back door.
“The letters offered to them were probationary and could be terminated at any time, as it was clearly stated in the offer. Even if they scale through, we are going to fish them out from the classrooms,” he said. Although he didn’t give details about the number of teachers involved, he said he would get the details from the Education Management Information System (EMIS).
The Executive Council of Kaduna state directed that the recruitment process of 25,000 teachers should commence as soon as possible to replace the teachers that failed a conducted competency examination toward the end of last year.
There were several protests from several bodies such as the NUT, NLC, pupils against the sack of more than 22,000 teachers but the Council was backed by the legislative arm of Kaduna State government and thus approved the outcome of the competency test and have released the names of the teachers that passed the examination.
Before the recruitment exercise began, the executive chairman of Kaduna SUBEB said “We would not bring politics into education. This has nothing to do with politics and witch hunting. No more sharing of appointments among the officials. This time around, government is determined to employ competent people as part of efforts to revive education in Kaduna state.” This is the thinking behind the warning to all incoming teachers.
Kaduna State Government had been making several reforms in education including the construction of new classrooms, improving the welfare of teachers, the school feeding program, renovation of boarding schools and the sponsorship of dropouts to complete their education. All these are being done to improve the quality of learning for the pupils in the state especially the children of the masses.