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Kaduna sacks NUT President, 2,356 teachers after competency test

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Kaduna State Government has announced the dismissal of, 2,357 teachers, including the National President of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Audu Amba for failing or refusing to sit for the competency test organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB).

But Kaduna chairman of the NUT Ibrahim Dalhatu told journalists the competency test and dismissal of the teachers were illegal.

KADSUBEB in a statement on Sunday said the Board conducted a competency test for over 30,000 teachers in Dec. 2021.

KADSUBEB said 2,192 primary school teachers, including NUT National President had been dismissed for refusing to sit for the competency test.

It said some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for poor performances.

According to the Board.”Following the State Government’s resolution for continued assessment of teachers to ensure better delivery of learning outcomes for pupils, KADSUBEB conducted another competency test for the teachers in December 2021.”

“The services of teachers who scored below 40 per cent are no longer required and their appointments have been terminated from the Public Service for their poor performances.

“Teachers who scored 75 per cent and above are recognised as those who passed the test and qualified for attending courses in leadership and school management.”

It said qualified teachers will be included in Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programmes to enhance their capacities to deliver quality teaching to pupils.

“Teachers who scored between 40 and 74 per cent did not meet up with the minimum pass mark, they will be given a second chance to improve their capacities.

“KADSUBEB has initiated viable training programmes for teachers under its statutory TPD with support from the state government and development partners.”

“The training programmes will be conducted during the end of term vacation and in their respective schools, to minimise disruptions of teaching and learning.

“They are also encouraged to complement the government’s efforts and seek personal development for their own good.”

“The board is assuring teachers and the public that it remains committed to ensuring their continuous professional development and the improvement of the learning outcomes of pupils and students,” KADSUBEB said.

Reacting, Dalhatu described the competency test and the sacking of the teachers as illegal.

“We have secured a court order restraining the Board from conducting the competency test, it conducted the test without recourse to the rule of law.

“We asked the teachers not to write the examination after learning that the intent was to sack them.We warned that any teacher who participates in the illegal examination would not be protected by the union if victimised but some of the teachers went ahead to write the examination out of fear.

“We are not against the conduct of the competency test if due process is followed, but it should not be used as a basis for sacking teachers.The competency test should be used to determine teachers’ capacity gap and tailored specific training programmes to improve their capacities,” he said.

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