“We won’t write another competency test”, Kaduna teachers dare el-Rufa’i

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT), Kaduna chapter, says no teacher in public primary school in the state will sit for the competency test being organised by the government.

According to the union, funds meant for the exercise should be channeled to training and re-training of teachers.

Recall that the state government had in January 2018, sacked about 22,000 teachers for failing a competency test conducted in 2017.

The union, in a communique it issued at the end of an emergency meeting of its Executive Council, which held in Kaduna on Wednesday, argued that writing a competency test does not determine the skill of a teacher.

The union recalled that it supported the competency test conducted in 2017 to improve the quality of teaching and learning in public primary schools in the state. It said that the exercise, however, led to the disengagement of about 22,000 teachers that allegedly failed the test.

In the communique, signed by the State Chairman, Ibrahim Dalhatu, and the Assistant Secretary-General, Adamu Ango, the union unanimously resolved that no teacher in public primary school will sit for a competency test again.

Recall that on July 14, the government announced plans to conduct another competency test for primary school teachers to ensure quality teaching in basic schools.

The union stressed that it was not against having professional and competent teachers in the classroom, adding that it would support an exercise that was aimed at reviving the education sector.

It, however, argued that determining the competency of teachers in their own field of endeavor could not be done by the government alone.

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