Dead, Retired Teachers, Messengers Listed Among Those That Passed Kaduna ‘Teachers Competency Test’ – NUT

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has said that deceased and retired teachers, messengers and security personnel were listed among “teachers” that passed the test conducted for primary school teachers in Kaduna state.
Malam Yahaya Abbas, NUT Chairman in Zaria Local Government, disclosed this on Tuesday in Zaria, while reacting to a mass protest by primary school pupils in Sabon-Gari.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the pupils were protesting against the sack of 21,000 teachers said to have scored less than 75 per cent in a test set set for them.
Abbas said: “The result of the examination showed that only three or four teachers passed in many schools.
“In some schools, retired teachers and teachers that died a long time ago were among those that passed.
“The list of successful teachers sent to some schools also included names of their messengers and security personnel.”
The NUT chairman alleged that names of senior staff, especially those on level 14 and above, were absent from among those that passed, raising the suspicion that government was only out to sack them so as to reduce cost.
Also reacting to the protest, the NUT Chairman, Sabon Gari Local Government, Malam Rabi’u Usman, described the action of the pupils as their “personal opinion not influenced by anybody”.
Usman said, however, that the children’s action was “a right step in the right direction”, and called on government to “do something urgently to save the situation”.
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