Over 20000 teachers have failed a primary 4 competence test, the Kaduna State Government has revealed.
The primary 4 test administered to assess the competence of teacher in Kaduna state was failed by about 21,780 teachers out of the 33,000 who sat for the test.
As a result, The Kaduna State government has made plans to recruit 25,000 teachers.
The Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, launched the planned recruitment on Monday, while hosting a World Bank’s delegation in Kaduna.
“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.
“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,” the governor said.
He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio.
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“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,” he said.
The governor said that as part of plans to enhance the education sector, the school Directors concluded on enrolling their children in public schools starting from this academic session.
The World Bank representative, Dr Kunle Adekola, thanked the state for investing in education and for the attention given to the girl child.
“This state has demonstrated and supported us to achieve our goals,” he said.
Adekola announced that the Bank would invest N30 million in Rigasa Primary School, with a population of about 22,000 pupils, in a bid to eupport the state.