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No Going Back on Educational Reforms -KDSG

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The Kaduna State Government has further emphasized that nothing will hinder the educational reforms that has been embarked upon by the current administration. The State Government conducted an assessment test for the primary school teachers in the state and declared that about 21,000 individuals were incompetent and unfit to do the job.

The State Government have declared that this decision was not taken lightly, and it is in the best interest of the two million pupils enrolled in public primary schools all over the state to have capable teachers and that all the protests that have been embarked upon by several people would do nothing to change the mind of the State Government. The Government have announced that all the incompetent teachers would be replaced via a recruitment process that would employ 25,000 teachers and this process in ongoing.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education in Kaduna state; Mr. Adamu Mansur explained in a press briefing that all criminal activities that were committed over the past four days because of the agitation of the unqualified teachers and the public would not go unpunished. Mr. Adamu explained that all the teachers that would be retired would get all the benefits of a retiree as specified in their terms of service.

“The Kaduna state government wishes to thank the public for supporting its quest to deliver quality education in public schools. This includes recruiting qualified teachers for the public primary schools. So far, more than 17,000 applications have been received by the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board and more are expected before the deadline of 19th November 2017.” He said.

“The Government today reviewed the situation in primary schools across the state. This reviewed the situation in primary schools across the state. This review included a meeting with the executive secretaries of all the 23 local government education authorities. Government is satisfied that most of the primary schools in the state are functioning as normal.”

“However, government continues to receive disturbing reports of criminal activities being undertaken in the name of union activities. Some of these activities the following:

  1. The NLC led thugs to vandalise the Lugard Hall premises of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

 

  1. Officials of the trade unions forcibly closing schools such as the Katsina Road LEA school and sending the pupils to the streets.

 

  1. Blockage of highways by pupils and secondary school students, at the behest of their teachers.

 

  1. Abdication of duty by some teachers who have left their students unattended.

“NUT officials were previously warned about the consequences of illegal activity, including the unlawful use of the pupils for protests, forcible closure of schools and engaging in unauthorized demonstration. The shameful events at the Kaduna State House of Assembly when union thugs destroyed public property and attacked honourable members is a visible and dangerous escalation”, he continued.

“Security and law-enforcement agencies have the names of the individuals to be investigated for the organized actions that endangered school pupils, forcibly closed schools and attacked the Kaduna State House of Assembly. The Kaduna state government is filing complaints for criminal violations of several sections of the penal code, including:

  • Section 59: Criminal Conspiracy

 

  • Section 73: Promoting Unlawful Assembly

 

  • Section 77: Disturbance of Public Peace

 

  • Section 78: Inciting Disturbance

 

  • Section 162: Obstruction on Public Way

“Charges may also be filed for violations of the Young Person’s Law. The Kaduna State Government is committed to doing the things that are necessary and consequential in the public interest. We have a responsibility to deliver quality education to the two million pupils in our public schools. The parents of these two million pupils have confidence in the reforms taking place in the education sector.”

“Therefore, retaining unqualified teachers on the pay roll is an abdication of duty. The responsible thing to do is to disengage the on terms in their conditions of service and replace them with qualified persons” the Permanent Secretary concluded.