By MSUE AZA, Kaduna –
The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), has released names of about 11, 220 primary school teachers who passed the competency test conducted to equip schools with competent and qualified teachers to provide quality education and learning to pupils.
Addressing news conference in Kaduna, on Sunday, executive chairman of SUBEB, Nasiru Umar, urged any teacher who failed the primary four test to approach the committee set up to look into cases of those who are not satisfied with their results, adding that the committee can remark his or her answer paper again.
Recall that, 33,000 primary school teachers sat for the primary four examination and 21,780 failed the test. However, the Kaduna State Executive Council had approved the outcome of the teachers’ competency test and had directed immediate action which the process of recruiting 25,000 fresh new primary school teachers began.
The notice of new recruitment showed that applicants must have relevant educational certificates including the one from the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.
SUBEB boss, explained that the exercise has no political undertone, saying that those who failed the test can apply and undergo the recruitment process.
Umar, advised people not to bring politics into the ongoing educational reform adding that government concern is to revive education especially in the rural communities.
According to SUBEB boss, “33,000 primary school teachers sat for the competency tests agreed upon by all stakeholders including Nigerian Union of teachers (NUT). 21,780 scored below 75 percent. We conducted the test because we went round and discovered that the schools were in bad shape. Some teachers cannot even speak English.
“We started training them but we discovered that no amount of training will improve them.
“We release the names of those who scored 75 and above. Three months’ notice will be given to those who failed the competency test for disengagement. All teachers including the ones who failed the test should go back to duty tomorrow Monday and wait further directives.”
Those who are above five years will be retired but those below 5 years will be disengaged. Those who failed can still apply in the ongoing fresh recruitment.”
“We should not bring politics into education. We presented the results to the committee involving the NUT, Teachers Council of Nigeria among others. The NUT wanted the pass mark to be 60. All the stakeholders including NUT, teachers’ council of Nigeria were involved in the competency test.”
He narrated further, “We agreed that only 40 teachers in a class during the exams. After exams we invited those who marked NECO and WAEC to mark the test and it was a conference hall marking. Nobody was allowed to go home with the scripts. After that, we brought in Kaduna State University professionals, we also brought in a foreign organisation and they analysed the tests.
“Those who have complaints, there is a committee I set up to look into complaints. We have all the test scripts and we can go through their scripts again. This has nothing to do with politics and witch hunting. No more sharing of appointments of teachers among the officials. This time around, government is determined to employ competent teachers as part of efforts to revive education in Kaduna State. We have so far received over 13,000 applications at the SUBEB headquarters, some applicants submitted their applications at the local government headquarters for the recruitment of new teachers,” Umar added.