*Says it replaced 22,000 sacked teachers with 25,000 in 2017

By Salim Yunusa

The Kaduna State Government says it will conduct another competency test for primary school teachers as part of efforts to ensure sustained quality teaching in its basic schools, noting the government employed more teachers than it sacked during a similar

Mohammed Mubarak, Permanent Member, Physical and Project Monitoring, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, who disclosed this during an interactive session with APC News Media team in Kaduna on Wednesday, said that the exercise was not intended to witch-hunt anyone.

Mubarak recalled that the state government had in 2017 sacked about 22,000 unqualified teachers who failed a competency test conducted to determine their teaching competency.

He said that it was a costly decision that had to be done, saying that the government replaced the sacked teachers with 25,000 qualified ones, including PhD and M.Sc. holders, recruited through vigorous screening processes.

He explained that the board was currently in the process of conducting another competency test for primary school teachers with a view to maintaining the required teaching standard in primary schools.

Mubarak said that the test, which would be conducted hopefully before the end of 2021, was to further ascertain the competency of the teachers.

“We are equally expending N341 million on teachers’ professional development with support from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), through training and retraining.

“This is in line with the government’s commitment to ensure quality teaching and learning in basic schools across the state,” he said.

The board’s Permanent Member, Human Resource Management, Dr Christy Alademerin, said that the planning for the competency test was ongoing.

“We are planning and setting the questions because this administration insists on the best of the best.

“We are going to conduct the competency test to either weed out incompetent ones or whatever the outcome will look like, just to maintain the standard.

“Gov. Nasir El-Rufai is doing his best, insisting on the best and we are on our toes too,” she said.

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