Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Monday while receiving a delegation of World Bank at his office disclosed that two third of school teachers in the state who were asked to write an examination meant for primary four students failed to score up to 75 percent.
“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four exams and required they must get at least 75 per cent but I’m sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements,” he said.
“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 added.
According to El-Rufai, the state will disengage 20,000 unqualified primary school teachers and employ 25,000 young and qualified teachers to restore confidence in public schools.
The Governor noted that recruitment teachers had become necessary due to the acute shortage of qualified primary school teachers in Kaduna State. Adding that the teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupol ratio.
“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.
“In some LGAs, it’s a teacher pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said.