Incompetency: Kaduna Sacks NUT President, 2,357 Teachers

EMERGENCY DIGEST- The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) has sacked 2,357 teachers for their inability to pass the competence test held in the state.

In a statement issued, the public Relations Officer, KADSUBEB, Hauwa Mohammed, said the Board conducted a competence test for over 30,000 teachers in December 2021.

She said 2,192 primary school teachers, including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), had been dismissed for refusing to sit for the test.

According to her, some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competence test were also sacked for poor performances.

The Board said, “Following the state government’s resolution for continued assessment of teachers to ensure better delivery of learning outcomes for pupils, KADSUBEB conducted another competency test for the teachers in December 2021.

“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 percent and above were recognized as those who passed the test and qualified for attending courses in leadership and school management,” she said.

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

“Teachers who scored between 40 and 74 percent did not meet up with the minimum pass mark, they will be given a second chance to improve their capacities.”

“KADSUBEB has initiated viable training programs for teachers under its statutory TPD with support from the state government and development partners.”

“The training programs will be conducted during the end of term vacation and in their respective schools, to minimize disruptions of teaching and learning.”

“They are also encouraged to complement the government’s efforts and seek personal development for their good.

“The board is assuring teachers and the public that it remains committed to ensuring their continuous professional development and the improvement of the learning outcomes of pupils and students,” she said.

Reacting, the NUT State Chairman, Ibrahim Dalhatu, described the competence test and the sack of the teachers as illegal.

“We have secured a court order restraining the Board from conducting the competency test, it conducted the test without recourse to the rule of law,” he said.

He explained that they asked the teachers not to write the examination after learning that the intent was to sack them.

He said the union was not against the conduct of the test but it should not be used as a basis for sacking teachers.

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