Over 20,000 primary school teachers in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state are to be sacked after failing a primary four exams they set for their six-year-old pupils.
33,000 of them sat the exam and 21, 780 failed the test.
“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.” Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State said, the Vanguard reports.
While addressing a World Bank delegation in Kaduna, Nasir said they are looking for 25,000 new teachers to replace those that failed and also work to restore dignity and quality to education.
“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 further said.
The governor also addressed the issue of teacher-pupil ratio, stating that more teachers would be redeployed across the state.
The World Ban representative, Dr. Kunle Adekola said that the Bank would invest N30 million, equivalent to $ 83217, as part of its support for the state.