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UPDATED: President Buhari backs El Rufai’s plan to sack teachers



Buhari supports El Rufai’s move to sack teachers in Kaduna.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared his support for the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai’s plan to sack the teachers who failed the competency test conducted by the state government.

It would be recalled that El-Rufai announced his plan to recruit 25, 000 teachers to replace the 21, 780 who did not pass the test.

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President Buhari, therefore, said it was unacceptable for teachers not to be better than their students.

He said this at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the Education sector in Nigeria themed: “Education in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects”.

“I visit one Nigerian I respect. He said after his training here in Nigeria and United states, he went to his primary school to see what could he contribute, I will not mention his name; but when he went, he couldn’t differentiate between the students or the children and the teachers.

“And what El-Rufai is trying to do now is exactly what (the respected Nigerian) told me 10 years ago. It is a very very serious situation when teachers cannot pass the exams they are supposed to teach the children to pass. It is a very tragic situation we are in and this gathering together to me is one of the important (things) in this administration,” the president said.

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Naija News had reported that the El Rufai had released the test results failed by the teachers in the state. The state labour unions and some senators from the state had condemned the governor’s move to sack the teachers.

It would be recalled that few days ago, some Kaduna pupils also hit the street to protest against the governor’s plan.

However, Mr. El-Rufai said he would not rescind his decision to sack the teachers.

It was gathered that the state government has started receiving applications for the 25,000 teachers to be employed.

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