Popular Nigerian governor orders recruitment of 10,000 teachers
- Governor El Rufai's administration says it will be recruiting no less than 10,000 teachers into the state's civil service
- The recruitment will replace the recently disengaged teachers and it will help in boosting the teacher-pupil ratio
- Meanhile, the Kaduna government vowed to continue weeding unqualified teachers in public schools
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The Kaduna State government says it has concluded plans to recruit 10,000 primary school teachers to replace those disengaged to improve the teacher-pupil ratio.
The deputy governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, made this known in Kaduna, yesterday, at the inauguration of the distribution of learning materials to pupils in 4,260 public primary schools and 838 learning centres.
The state government had on June 19, announced the sack of 2,357 primary school teachers for failing the government’s competency tests.
The state government had in 2018 sacked 21,780, for failing a similar test while 233 others were sacked in December 2021 for allegedly presenting fake certificates.
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The deputy governor said the government shall continue to sack unqualified teachers in public schools and no amount of distraction would stop it.
“The quality of instruction is very important in determining the educational outcomes of our children and we cannot allow only the children of a few to steal the advantage that education provides.
“Nor shall we continue to allow poor quality education to be available to the children of the weak and vulnerable in our society, who attend public schools.
“Children of the poor also deserve competent teachers, and it is our sworn responsibility to ensure that they get it,” he said.
Balarabe said the state government had renovated more than 500 public primary and secondary schools and provided perimeter fencing in many schools as required by the UN agencies for the security of children.
She said when poor children are exposed to books early, they would learn to read better, adding that the more children have access to books the more likely they would learn better.
The learning materials would be distributed under the BESDA programme.
Teachers with fake certificates: Kaduna govt releases full list of 233 workers to be sacked, prosecuted for forgery
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government released the full list of 233 teachers who allegedly presented fake certificates to get the teaching job.
In a press conference by Tijjani Abdullahi, chairman of KADSUBEB, said the teachers will be dismissed for presenting fake certificates.
Abdullahi added that the files of the affected teachers will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery.
Kaduna government announces transition to 4-day working week for workers, gives reasons
In other news, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has approved a a four-day working week for public servants.
Muyiwa Adekeye, the special adviser to the governor on media and communication, made this known in a statement on Monday, November 29.
The governor explained that the move is part of his administration's plan to boost productivity among workers, improve work-life balance and enable them to have more time for their families, for rest and for agriculture.