NUT KICKS AGAINST PLANNED SACK OF 21,000 TEACHERS BY KADUNA STATE GOVT.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers has condemned the decision by Kaduna State government to sack twenty one thousand teachers who allegedly failed competency test organized by the state government.

Rising from its National Executive Council meeting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, the President of the Union, Comrade Michael Olukoya stressed that the Union rejects the purpose and outcome of the exercise and called for its cancellation.

“We hereby strongly advice Kaduna State Government to focus on organizing the necessary training and retraining of teachers through the relevant training facilities.”

Comrade Olukoya noted that the test was an infringement on the profession and extant laws of the country as Teachers Regulation Council of Nigeria was the only body saddled with such responsibility.

“If we administer a question on 31,000 teachers and your saying 21,000 failed, that question is defective. There are rules that govern tests and measurement. Test and measurement is a course of its own in education.”

The Union also frowned on the inability of some states including Benue and Kogi to pay salaries and pensions to teachers and gave till the end of this year for positive response or be forced to shut down schools in the affected states.

 

AMECHI ODO

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