The Deputy Director of schools in the Kaduna state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Idris Aliyu on Tuesday, said that the state government is not planning to sack any teacher but redeploy the unqualified and untrainable ones to where they can perform
The state government had recently conducted a primary four examination to test the competency of its primary school teachers where 21,780 out of 33,000 teachers were said to have failed.
Following the poor performance of the teachers, the state government has began the process of recruiting new and qualified teachers. The Executive Chairman of State Universal Education Board, Nasir Umar on Sunday released the names of the 11,220 teachers who passed the tests and are qualified to teach in public primary schools in the state.
Umar also said three months notice would be given to those who failed the competency test for disengagement; noting that teachers who are above five years or practice would be retired while those below five years would be disengaged. But the deputy director of schools, Aliyu mentioned yesterday at the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) maiden zonal meeting with critical stakeholders in Kaduna that there was no such plan to sack teachers; urging the people not to politicize the issue.
According to him, teachers who are trainable would be trained and retrained while those who are not trainable would be redeployed to areas where they perform more efficiently.
“There is room for training and re-training in the case for those who are qualified and have their TRCN certificate but failed the competency test. Those who are trainable would be trained while those who are completely not trainable would be redeployed so as to give room for qualitative teaching and learning in the state’s primary and post primary schools.
“Let us not politicize this issue of teachers. This is the first time a government is making a political will to upgrade and standardize the teaching profession in public schools. All we are trying to do is to quantify and upgrade the teachers.
“Teachers who are not real teachers but within the teaching profession would be removed and not sacked but placed appropriately where they can suitably work and where we have vacuum, we will employ qualified teachers to teach. That is why the government has embarked on recruitment of 25,000 teachers who must be qualified with their TRCN certificate.
‘So there is nothing like sacking, we would only re-deploy them to where they belong. There are some teachers who have been working for over 35years, some are also over 60years of age and still practicing, we are going to place them appropriately. The governor did not talk about sack of teachers, we are only redeploying them to where they are fit to work,” he reiterated.
He therefore urged the teachers to go back to their classrooms and continue working.