Support my efforts to revamp Kaduna educational sector, El-Rufai tells NASS members

El-Rufai and NASS Members
El-Rufai and NASS Members

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has called on the National Assembly members from Kaduna State to help save future generations from servitude by ensuring that quality public education is offered in the state.

Mr. El-Rufai made this call in Abuja on Wednesday while holding a regular consultative meeting with members of the National Assembly from the state.

The governor also informed the lawmakers that the state government has received 43,806 applications from prospective teachers to be deployed to public primary schools in the state. The state plans to employ at least 25,000 qualified teachers.

The state recently announced its plans to dismiss over 21000 teachers, who had failed a competency test set. The decision has continued to generate diverse reactions in and out of the state.

The governor explained that all the newly shortlisted applicants will be subjected to oral and practical examinations, to be followed by interview and final verification to ascertain the authenticity of their qualifications. He said those who scale through will undergo training on teaching before their deployment to classrooms to teach.

“The issue of ensuring quality and competent teachers in public schools is something crucial and doable, but it requires courage, sincerity and honesty as guiding principles.

“We are all products of quality public schools and can compete anywhere in the world; we are beneficiaries of quality education from public schools and we have achieved a lot from the sacrifices made by previous leaders. Having benefitted from quality public education, we must be committed to reviving our public schools. The unqualified teachers that are being replaced will get all their rights and entitlements.

“This reform is necessary hard work, and will not be derailed by propaganda, blackmail, and deliberate misrepresentation of facts. Reform is not restricted to recruiting and retaining competent teachers. We are constructing and reconstructing schools, class rooms, updating the curriculum, providing facilities and teaching aids and teachers’ welfare.

“We removed the career barrier for teachers in 2015. Teachers in Kaduna State can rise to Grade Level 17 (Permanent Secretary grade) without having to stop being teachers”, the governor said.

The governor thanked the lawmakers for their support irrespective of political parties.

Yakubu Barde, the Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, led the Kaduna State National Assembly delegation to the meeting. He assured the governor that the lawmakers will continue to work assiduously with the governor in championing the progress and development of Kaduna state.


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  • aisha ani

    Good job and anyone can apply.

  • thusspokez

    The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has called on the National Assembly members from Kaduna State to help save future generations from servitude by ensuring that quality public education is offered in the state.

    Kaduna state education problems are Kaduna state local problems – which is why Nigeria has 36 states; and he is the governor of one of them.

    Nigeria is a federation. El-Rufai should take the lead and solve his local problems and not bother the federal with them. If his state can adopt sharia law without consulting the federal government, why can’t it find its own solutions to its education problems?

  • Steve

    Is ElRufai saying it is possible to sack all these teachers and get a possible replacement for them without causing a gully in the school curriculum? He seems clueless on human resource management and how long a hiring exercise takes to get qualified candidates for a job position. A better way to go is train and retrain these teachers, pay their salaries as at when due, and set bonuses for best performing teachers. And also maintain a track record of the performance on these teachers so as to weed out the non-performing ones. When has any primary or secondary school teacher ever being sent to study abroad by any federal or state government? Probably never happened. But most of these if not all the poli-thief-ians have all their kids studying abroad.