Kaduna government sacks NUT President and over 2000 teachers ‘for failing to pass competence test’
Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board has fired 2,357 teachers for failing to pass the competency test.
Hauwa Mohammed, the spokesperson for KADSUBEB, stated that the Board had conducted a competency test for more than 30,000 teachers in December 2021.
2,192 primary school teachers, which included the National President of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), were fired for refusing the test. Out of 27,662 teachers who took the competence test, 165 were dismissed for their poor performance.
Teachers who pass the exam will be included on Teacher Professional Development (TPD), programs that enhance their ability to teach quality lessons to students.
“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.
“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.”
Reacting to reports of them being sacked, NUT Chairman in the state, Ibrahim Dalhatu described the competence test and the sack of the teachers as illegal.
Dalhatu who noted that they asked teachers not to write the examination after learning that the intent was to sack them, added that while the union is not against the conduct of the test, it should however not be used as a basis for a sack.
“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.”