Six months after northwestern Nigeria’s Kaduna State sacked 22,000 teachers for incompetence after failing a primary school test, 4,562 newly recruited teachers have also been sacked for incompetence.
The new recruits were among the 15,897 teachers who sat for a competency test organised by the state government. They could not write acceptance letters as part of the test, reports local media Daily Post.
“At the end, 4,562 incompetent ones, believed to have found their way into the final list illegally, were fished out, leaving 11,335 competent ones,” the state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Ja’afaru Sani, told the media on Wednesday.
He said the remaining 11,335 have already been deployed to over 4,000 primary schools and that “between now and next month ending, we will be concluding the recruitment process of the balance of 13,665 teachers”.
Last year, 22,000 teachers who make up two-thirds of the entire pupil teacher population in the state scored below 75% in a test made up of questions they set for their six-year-old pupils.
The mass failure was condemned by Nigerians online who think it is a national problem that needs to be tackled to safeguard the future of the children.