Governor Nasri El-Rufai of Kaduna State
The Kaduna state government on Wednesday began the process for the replacement of the 21,000 teachers who failed the primary four examination.
The primary four examination was conducted in June to test the competency of the teachers in Kaduna state.
The state on Wednesday started the screening of 43,806 applicants for 25,000 teaching jobs subsequently declared vacant, by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Among those facing the screening for employment are second degree holders.
The list of applicants pasted on the notice board of the Rimi College, Kaduna, one of the examination centres, showed that two applicants hold M.Sc. Biochemistry and M.Sc. in Water Resources.
The examination to test the applicant was conducted in 130 centres across the 23 local government areas of the state on Wednesday.
The examination was conducted under tight security, with officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Police stationed at the centres.
A Permanent Member of the Kaduna State Basic Education Board, Mrs Mary Ambi, said that only those who score the minimum points and possessed the required qualification would be contacted for an oral interview.
In October the state announced sacked 21,780 primary school teachers for failing the competency test. The test was conducted by the state government in June.
The state Wing of The Nigerian Union of Teacher (NUT) has kicked against the sack of the teacher. The union took the state government to the National Industrial Court, asking the court to determine if the government has the mandate to conduct the test.
The NUT had on Oct. 30, filed a motion of “interlocutory injunction”, asking the court to restrain the government from dismissing or disengaging any teacher on the basis of the test. Justice Lawal Mani in his ruling on Dec. 14, granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit and adjourned the case until Feb. 6, 2018.