21,780 Kaduna teachers fail primary four exams

21,780 Kaduna teachers fail primary four exams

- Governor Nasir El-Rufai said about 21,780 out of 33,000 Kaduna state teachers failed the primary four test

- El-Rufai explained that the test was conducted by the state government to know the ability of the teachers

- He stressed that many teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio

Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna state governor, said about 21,780 out of 33,000 teachers failed the primary four test administered to test their competence by the state government.

Governor el-Rufai made this known on Monday, October 9, while receiving a World Bank’s delegation in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said: ''We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examination and required they must get at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements.

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''The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.''

He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio.

According to him, “We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.

''In some local government areas, it’s a teacher pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100.’’

The governor said that in a bid to improve the education sector, the school directors decided to enrol their children in public schools starting from this academic session.

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Speaking earlier, the World Bank representative, Kunle Adekola, expressed appreciation to the state for investing in education and for the priority given to the girl child.

Adekola said the Bank would invest N30 million in Rigasa Primary School, which has a population of about 22,000 pupils, as part of its support for the state.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the police staged a protest due to non-payment of their salaries in the state.

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Source: Naija.ng

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