Governor Nadir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has disclosed that his government has received 43,806 applications from prospective teachers in public primary schools in the state.
Leadership Newspaper reports that the successful applicants will replace the 21,780 unqualified teachers who failed primary four examinations recently.
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday while holding a regular consultative meeting with members of the National Assembly from the state, the Kaduna state executive maintained that all the shortlisted applicants will be subjected to oral and practical examinations, to be followed by interview and final verification to ascertain the authenticity of their qualifications.
The governor, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said that those who scale through will undergo training on teaching before their deployment to classrooms to teach.
The statement read: “The issue of ensuring quality and competent teachers in public schools is something crucial and doable, but it requires courage, sincerity and honesty as guiding principles.
“We are all products of quality public schools and can compete anywhere in the world; we are beneficiaries of quality education from public schools and we have achieved a lot from the sacrifices made by previous leaders.
“Having benefitted from quality public education, we must be committed to reviving our public schools. The unqualified teachers that are being replaced will get all their rights and entitlements.
“This reform is necessary hard work, and will not be derailed by propaganda, blackmail, and deliberate misrepresentation of facts.
“Reform is not restricted to recruiting and retaining competent teachers. We are constructing and reconstructing schools, class rooms, updating the curriculum, providing facilities and teaching aids and teachers’ welfare.
“We removed the career barrier for teachers in 2015. Teachers in Kaduna State can rise to Grade Level 17 (Permanent Secretary grade) without having to stop being teachers.”