The Kaduna State Government has unveiled plans to employ 25,000 new primary school teachers as parts of efforts to restore dignity and quality to its education sector.
This is after about 21,780 out of 33,000 teachers failed the primary four test administered to test their competence by the State government.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of the State made this known on Monday when he received a World Bank delegation in his office in Kaduna.
He explained that the recruitment is now necessary due to the acute shortage of qualified primary school teachers in the state.
The governor stated that his administration would disengage about 20,000 unqualified primary school teachers to restore confidence in public schools.
His words: “We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four exams and required they must get at least 75 per cent but am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements.
“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.”
He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio.
“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.
‘’In some LGAs, it’s a teacher pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said.
The governor said that in a bid to improve the education sector, the school Directors decided to enroll their children in public schools starting from this academic session.