75% of 33,000 teachers failed Kaduna competency test as Govt. moves to employ 25,000 more

The Kaduna State Universal Education Board has released the names of 11,220 teachers that passed the competency test conducted for primary school teachers across the state.

The Executive Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board, Nasir Umar, said the names released were those who were qualified to teach in the state primary schools.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers and the state government had drawn a battle line over the insistent of the latter’s intention to lay off 25,000 teachers it considered ineligible to teach in the state’s schools.


While the union had vowed to resist any attempt by the state to sack any teacher in the state, the government said it would only deal with competent and qualified teachers to teach in primary schools in the state.

The government claimed that 75 per cent of the teachers (primary) failed the primary four class test set for them and vowed to replace them.


The government had gone ahead to announce vacancy placement for 25,000 fresh teachers, claiming that those to be replaced had failed a competency test conducted by the government.

However, addressing a press conference on Sunday at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, in the state capital, the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board announced the release of 11, 220 out of the 33,000 teachers that sat for the test and considered to be competent to teach in the state.

Umar said the names released were those who passed the competency test conducted to equip schools with competent and qualified teachers to provide quality education and learning to pupils.

He, however, urged any teacher who failed the primary four test to approach the committee set up to look into cases of those who were not satisfied with their results, adding that the committee could remark their scripts.

He explained that the exercise had no political undertone, adding that those who failed the test could still apply and participate in the ongoing recruitment process.


He called on the people not to politicise the matter as doing so would impact negatively on the ongoing educational reforms in the state.

He said the el-Rufai administration was deeply concerned about education in both the urban and the rural areas in the state.

He also disclosed that the state started to train the 75 per cent out of the 33,000 teachers that failed the competency test but discovered that they were not trainable.

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