source By Abdulwaheed Usamah,
The Kaduna State Government has disclosed that between 2011 and 2015, the state had invested N1.625 billion only on teachers training and that there were nothing to show for it, with N1 billion claimed to have spent in 2011-2012 while N625 million was channel on same purpose in 2015.
According to the state, upon disclosed amount spent results of the competency test was profoundly disappointing and it showed that much of the monies spent on training teachers since 2011 had been wasted.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, hinted that current government has spent more than N625m on training since 2015 and that thousands of teachers were trained in Literacy, Numeracy, Reading Skills and in other subjects of the teaching profession, with competency test results been clearly showing that the training programmes had recorded, at best, only limited impact.
Through series of posts on his Facebook account on Sunday, El Rufai lamented that with all the expense and time already devoted to training, the government came to the conclusion that it is not further training that teachers who cannot score 75% in a Primary Four exam require.
He explained that the training was about improving capacity of a teacher to impart knowledge and that competency test poor result was an indication that many of the teachers do not have basic knowledge, and are as such incapable of imparting what they do not have.
“The honest truth is that many of these teachers should themselves be adult education students, being taught basic literacy and numeracy!
To him, in such circumstances, the government would have to take difficult, but necessary decision, to disengage all the teachers who did not meet the 75% threshold and that that the action was carried out done in accordance with the terms of their employment, and their entitlements will be payed, as appropriate. In place of the 22,000 teachers disengaged, 25,000 qualified teachers are to be recruited.
“This week, SUBEB conducted tests for the over 43,000 applicants that have indicated interest in the teaching positions. The ongoing recruitment process will sieve these applicants to ensure that only eligible teachers are recruited.
“Previous governments have sacked teachers caught with fake qualifications. The government of Sir Patrick Yakowa dismissed 4000 of such teachers.
“Furthermore, the Yakowa government responded to reports that 50% of primary school teachers were not qualified by giving such teachers a five-year deadline to acquire the appropriate qualifications. The Kaduna State Executive Council, at its meeting of 8th August 2012, after considering the report of the committee on the verification of teachers’ qualifications, gave a five-year window for under-qualified teachers to acquire the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). This five-year grace period has now expired.
The he claimed that the government responded to implications of ESSPIN report by getting the National Opened University of Nigeria to conduct a survey of teacher competence.
“We took further steps to address gaps by arranging training and retraining for the teachers, as follows during the 2016/2017 session:
“11,315 classroom teachers were trained in Literacy and Numeracy through SUBEB.
Another 3,733 teachers were trained in Reading Skills through the Global Partnership for Education.
UBEC trained 5,945 teachers in Pedagogy, Lesson Plans and use of Teachers’ Guides
“On 3rd June 2017, the Kaduna State Government conducted a competency test for primary school teachers. This test assessed the literacy and numeracy levels of the teachers through a Primary Four test. The government considered that giving teachers a 75% threshold for a Primary Four test was an extremely generous decision!
“Alas, only 11, 591 teachers (33.9%) scored at least 75% in the test. Others fell within the following categories: 70 and 74%: 5,766 (16.9%); 60-69%: 8,759 (26.1%); and 0-59%: 8,047 (23.58%)
El Rufai revealed that the test was organised and supervised by a committee which included the state chairman and secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and representatives of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
However, through a separate statement released by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, El rufai also threatened punish teachers who were alleged to be planing to embark on industrial action over sack of their colleagues reported to had fail a competent test conducted by the state recently.
He established that planned industeial action had goten to the notice of the the state government that the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has declared an indefinite strike and the aciton would be illegal , and not achieve its aim of derailing the education reforms being implemented by the government.
According to him, Kaduna state government is not available to be blackmailed into knowingly retaining unqualified teachers. Neither would it mortgage the future of two million primary school pupils because failed teachers are shamelessly mobilizing sentiment.
“At the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Labour, the Kaduna State Government twice met in Abuja with the officials of the NLC and the NUT. The Governor Nasir El-Rufai personally led the Kaduna State delegation to the first meeting. During these interactions, KDSG made it clear that as an employer, it has every right to determine who its employees are or can be, and the minimum qualifications they must possess.
He sai: “the Kaduna state government wishes to inform the public that it has instructed its Education administrators to open registers in all its schools, starting from Monday, 8th January 2018. Any teacher that is absent from work will be treated with the consequences that pertain to absconding from duty under the Public Service Rules.
“There can be no doubt that KDSG will take firm and decisive disciplinary action against personnel who absent themselves from duty, including dismissal from service.
“KDSG recalls that the NUT placed primary school pupils, who are the victims of failing teachers, in danger by pushing them into the streets to demonstrate for the retention of bad teachers. That ruse failed.
“Some union leaders are also likely to be prosecuted for assault, unlawful procession and destruction of public property when they attacked the State House of Assembly.
“The children of the poor are the ones that attend public primary schools. We owe them a decent standard of education, and we shall provide it”.