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Buhari: See what President said about 21,780 teachers sacked by El-Rufai

Shugaban ƙasa Muhammadu Buhari

He said the education sector is in jeopardy when teachers cannot pass the exams they're supposed to administer.

President Muhammadu Buhari has waded into the controversial sacking of 21,780 primary school teachers in Kaduna who failed the state's competency test and were subsequently dismissed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

In a series of tweets on the President's official Twitter account (@MBuhari) on Monday, November 13, 2017, he said that the situation the education sector is in jeopardy when teachers cannot pass the exams they're supposed to administer to their students.

 

He also revealed that he has discussed the situation with Governor El-Rufai to talk about implementation of reforms in the education sector.

He tweeted, "I just opened a Special Retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing Nigeria's education sector. We've brought together Government officials, academic experts, civil society and development institutions for this all-important conversation.

"I touched on the situation in Kaduna, where Governor Nasir El-Rufai is trying to implement important reforms. It's a very serious situation when teachers cannot pass the exams they're supposed to administer to their students. It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive national reform."

 

ALSO READ: See test scripts of Kaduna teachers who failed primary school exam

21,780 failed exam

Of the 33,000 primary school teachers who sat for the examination conducted by the state's Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), only 11,220 passed the exercise.

After issuing a one-month notice to the failed teachers to prepare for disengagement from service, the Kaduna State Executive Council has approved the immediate commencement of the process of recruiting 25,000 new primary school teachers.

In reaction to the dismissal, several protests have sprung up across the state resulting in a violent attack on lawmakers and vandalisation of properties worth millions at the state's House of Assembly complex.

ALSO READ: Teachers' union dares El-Rufai to sack members

Failed teachers can enroll for recruitment

Teachers who failed the exam and were disengaged have been encouraged to enroll again for the state's ongoing recruitment of new teachers with submission of applications slated to end on November 19.

Short listed candidates will be invited for a written test on November 26 and successful candidates will be interviewed on January 8, 2018 before temporary appointment letters will be issued to successful applicants to commence work on January 25.

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