Kaduna State Government had conducted an
examination for primary school teachers in the
state and said 68 per cent of the teachers (20,000)
did not pass the primary four pupils’ exam at
excellent level.

Malam Yahaya Abbas, NUT Chairman in Zaria Local
Government Area, told the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Zaria on Monday that the teachers were
compelled to seek God’s intervention over the
planned sack.
Abbas said: “Majority of our members here are
Muslims and we do not have anywhere to lodge our
complaint except to our creator.
“Therefore, we intend to start a three-day fasting
on Oct. 17, in addition to prayers, to seek God’s
intervention on the planned mass sack of our
members whom government said did not pass its
examination.

“There is no way for everybody to score “A” grade
in an examination; that is 75 per cent, this is not
what was agreed with the union representatives.
“The agreement was that the pass mark should be
60 per cent not 75 per cent. Again, the result of the
examination is not yet out but government said it
will sack 20,000 teachers.”
He said that the government still owed some
teachers salary arrears of between three months
and 13 months, while some of them were being
underpaid.

According to him, the primary schools across the
state are understaffed, hence, the need for
government to recruit more teachers instead of
sacking the existing ones.
“I can assure you that there is one female teacher
who teaches 200 pupils in a class due to shortage
of teaching staff.
“Again, sacking of experienced teachers and
recruiting new ones is not the solution because
anybody who bagged a National Certificate in
Education or degree in the last 10 years must have
been taught by these categories of teachers.
“Therefore, if the government argued that the
present calibre of teachers are not qualified, then,
how do you expect their products to be better than
the teachers’?,” he asked.

Abbas said that Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i had promised
not to terminate the appointment of any teacher, but
those who performed below expectation in the
exam would be subjected to training.
“Initially, Gov. El-Rufa’i said he would never sack
any teacher but he would ensure that those who
failed the exam were given the necessary training
to catch up.
“According to him, those who cannot catch up will
be given another duty but we do not know what
happened that he changed his mind and descended
on the teachers,” Abbas noted.

The chairman said that as responsible unionists, the
teachers did not intend to go on rampage or embark
on strike; instead, “we have resolved to take the
matter to our creator for quick intervention.


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