- Governor Nasir El-Rufai says the scripts of 43,000 primary school teachers who applied for teaching job have being marked
- He also notes that the government is collating reports from its education administrators
- El-Rufai praised the teachers who reported dutifully to their schools
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said his government had concluded marking the scripts of 43,000 primary school teachers who applied for teaching job in the state civil service.
NAIJ.com gathered that El-Rufai speaking through his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, on Monday, January 8, commended the teachers who reported dutifully to their schools.
The governor noted that although NUT officials tried to unlawfully prevent teachers from working, many defied this intimidation, saying that, the strike action will not restore bad teachers.
He further stated that the government is collating reports from its education administrators, insisting, that all teachers who absented themselves from work will face the severest penalties applicable in the public service rules.
El-Rufai noted that across the state, the illegality of the NUT’s strike action is being compounded by physical attempts to frustrate those teachers who wish to work.
He said: “No law permits any worker to tamper with another’s right to work. The attention of the security agencies has been drawn to this dangerous pattern of conduct.”
“Kaduna State Government is resolute in its determination to protect the future of the children of the poor. Ordinary citizens are entitled to expect public primary schools to deliver a decent standard of education. At least two million pupils are enrolled in public primary schools and their interests come first.
“[The] Government is delighted to inform the public that marking of scripts of the 43,000 applicants for teaching positions is now concluded. The recruitment process to inject 25,000 qualified teachers into our public schools will now move to the next phase."
The Kaduna state governor stressed that the government will not allow the selfishness of a tiny minority to ruin the future of two million children.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com the Kaduna state Wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), has directed its member to commence indefinite strike on Monday, Jan. 8, over the sack of 21,780 public primary school teachers in the state.
This is contained in a notice of strike dated Jan. 4, 2018, signed by the union’s Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Anglo, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Sunday.
The teachers were sacked for allegedly failing to score 75 per cent pass mark of the competency test organised by the state government in June 2017.
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