Court halts sack of over 20,000 Kaduna teachers

Teachers at the National Industrial Court in Kaduna on Thursday. Credit: Garba Muhammad.

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Kaduna division, on Thursday, halted the planned sack of 21,780 primary school teachers who failed a competency test organised by the state government.

The lawyer representing the teachers, Samuel Atum, had on October 30 filed a motion of “interlocutory injunction”, asking the court to restrain the government from dismissing or disengaging any teacher on the basis of the test conducted in June 2017.

Justice Lawal Mani granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit. The case was adjourned to February 6th, 2018.

The hearing on Thursday was attended by hundreds of teachers and labour leaders.

The lawyer, Mr. Atum, praised the court for “graciously” giving the order.

“This is democracy and the premise of democracy is the rule of law, so we expect nothing more than absolute submission by the state government to comply with the order of the court,” he told journalists. “I have confidence that the government will comply or obey this order.”

Lawyers representing the State Attorney General and the State Government, as well as Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, declined comments.

Some teachers told PREMIUM TIMES the ruling was encouraging.

“It has given us hope. We hope too that the governor will obey the court order,” Zainab Sanusi, a teacher, said.

The planned mass sack of teachers sparked controversy after evidence truly showed the teachers performed woefully in the competency test.

Some of the scripts released by the government showed that many of the teachers supplied ridiculous answers to basic questions while about two-thirds of the teachers failed to score up to 75 per cent in the grading.

The Kaduna government has since vowed to sack the affected workers, despite threats by the local chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, to embark on indefinite strike.

The government also said it would recruit 25,000 qualified teachers in their stead.


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  • aboki

    No sacking of teachers in KADUNA STATE point of correction please.
    When you sack no benefits is paid however in KD S all entitlements in form GRATUITIES and PENSIONS are guaranteed.
    The action taken is for the betterment of KDN, NORTHERN NIGERIA and NIGERIA in tota.
    Let us be realistic please.


    Kaduna is paying the price for electing a heartless dwaf as governor.

  • Man_Enough

    common sense tells me that if i bring my car for you to repair and you cannot do it, i should not hang around with you and suffer in silence. i should look for a more qualified mechanic. no wonder they say “the law is an ass”

  • Otile

    Now el-Rufai is talking, he is now beginning to listen to Imam Abubakar Shekau who admonished good Muslims that Western education is forbidden. The sacking of those 2000+ dummy teachers will go a long way to placate Imam Shekau. Perhaps we are going to start seeing warm relationship between Imam Abu Shekau and Imam Mohamed Buhari. Utangirma Allah.

  • Pluti

    I guess the judge has no kids in the government primary schools and he cares not about the kids in the state. What else can one expect from an incompetent judge and lawyers who only think about his pocket and not the society

    • Candid

      Incompetent judge?
      Have you read and understood the passage?
      Let me enlighten you….”Justice Lawal Mani granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit. The case was adjourned to February 6th, 2018.” Meaning counsel to the teachers would need to prove beyond reasonable doubt why these teachers should not be sacked come February 6th, 2018.
      You need not comment on every topic online, especially those you do not understand.

      • Pluti

        It’s been 2 months since the test was carried out, another 2 months(a term) before the final judgment per your correction! Guess you can sit at home with your son wondering what’s the next episode with him, his school, his dumb teachers and dumb colleagues and the government, right? That’s considering the human and child rights, I guess that makes my opinion dumb for you

        • Candid

          My apologies for sounding condescending. Your comments are well noted. My only argument is that I don’t see how the judge is to blame for any part of these delays, bearing in mind the teachers need not leave the schools until all the issues are sorted out. Referring to the judge as incompetent is not a fair assessment…my thoughts…

  • Abdullah Musa

    Over to you PMB, El Rufa’I.
    But the pupil El Rufa’I should learn from his teacher, PMB, that you can continue to rule even if you disobey Court orders.