We Must Do What Is Necessary, El-Rufai Says About Sacking Teachers

We Must Do What Is Necessary, El-Rufai Says About Sacking Teachers
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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says no amount of blackmail will change the government’s decision to sack about 22,000 teachers in the state.

This follows the two weeks ultimatum issued to the state government by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna that they would embark on an indefinite strike if the government fails to suspend its plan.

Governor El-Rufai, however, insisted that government will not back down from sacking the teachers who he described as incompetent to remain in the teaching profession.

“Many times, the decisions we take offer us slow political advantages, but we do what is necessary not minding the direct impact on us personally but conscious of the dire consequences of inaction on our people,” he said while addressing members of the State House of Assembly earlier in the week.

“Change is not a slogan to win elections; change represents hard work required to refocus our state on the path of progress,” he added.

The governor said government has been facing threats and blackmail from some teachers, even when it was apparent that many of them were of very low grade.

According to him, this prompted his administration to take immediate action to address the situation, maintaining that there is no going back on the decision.

El-Rufai added that he is not afraid to sack unqualified teachers in the system in order to secure the future of the over two million pupils in the state, even if it would cost him his second term re-election.

“Mr Speaker sir, the APC got elected in 2015 because the people of Nigeria and the people of Kaduna State believe that while that one-time ruling party plans to win the next election, the APC will plan for the welfare of the next generation.

“It is irresponsible not to act when most of our primary school teachers cannot score 75 percent in a class four examination, or to shrink from the edifying workers and pensioners because the ghost workers and others affected will scream and make the world believe that nobody in Kaduna State is being paid salary or pension,” he said.

According to the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, about two-thirds of primary school teachers who sat for the test, made up of primary four questions, failed to score up to 75 percent in the grading.

The state government, however, said it would recruit as many qualified teachers as possible to replace those reportedly marked for dismissal.

Kaduna Govt To Recruit 25,000 Teachers

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The Kaduna State Government has announced plans to recruit 25,000 primary school teachers following the recent decision to sack about 21,000 teachers in the state.

The government made the announcement on Thursday, noting however, that those who failed the ‘Primary Four Test’ could reapply.

The recruitment exercise which is expected to last till November 19, according to the government already saw over 18,000 entries as at Wednesday.

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“As at close of work yesterday, the State Universal Basic Education Board received in total, 18,550 applications from prospective teachers. Recruitment is still on,” the government stated.

This development comes after the government expressed dissatisfaction over the number of teachers who failed to meet up with the average score on the test conducted.

Out of the 33,000 teachers that sat for the exam, 21,780 were said to have failed while only 11,000 got 75% and above.

Competency Test: Kaduna Govt Releases Scripts Of Teachers

The Kaduna State Government on Thursday released photos of scripts belonging to primary school teachers in the state, following a ‘Primary Four Test’ which was administered by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

This comes after the state government’s decision to lay off over 21,000 primary school teachers who were tagged as unqualified.

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Kaduna Govt Insists On Sacking 21,780 Teachers

Kaduna Govt Insists On Sacking 21,780 Teachers

Kaduna State government says there is no going back in its decision to sack the 21,780 teachers who failed competency test.

The ‘Primary Four Test’ was administered by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in June to access their quality in terms of service delivery.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna over the weekend, SUBEB Chairman, Nasir Umar, said out of the 33,000 teachers that sat for the exam, 21,780 failed to score the 75% agreed benchmark while only 11,000 got 75% and more.

He said no qualified teacher would be affected in the exercise, except those that failed the test which was conducted more than four months ago.

“We started training of those teachers. Unfortunately, we realised that no matter how much we put into the training and monitoring, it will not have a positive result because there was a wide gap between the teachers and the pupils – that was one of the reasons why we conducted the test,” he added.

“This government is doing everything possible to ensure that there is sanity in our public primary schools and due to that, a list of teachers who scored 75 percent and above was released; this does not mean that those who didn’t see their names to remain at home.”

Mr Umar said affected teachers who have served less than five years would have their appointment terminated without benefit while those from five years above would be retired from service with their entitlements in line with the Civil Service Rule.

He hinted that the teachers have been given three months’ notice to prepare for their exit from service, noting that they have become a liability for the state and were no longer trainable.

Explaining how the government arrived at the figure, he said: “This competency test which we organised involved all stakeholders in the education sector, the SSG was the chairman and supported by the Head of Service; Other members include members of the press, members from the NUT, Teachers Registration Council.

“After the conduct of the examination, we fixed the date for the marking, we invited those who mark NECO and WAEC examination to mark our own exams and we told them we want conference marking, that no marker should take any script outside the hall.

“After they finished the work, we still invited other educationists to vet the scripts and they came out with that result. So, it was not something secret and we have the script of each teacher, and if any teacher is not satisfied, we are ready to bring out the script and remark”.

However, the decision to disengage a large number of teachers did not augur well with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers(NUT) in the state.

NUT Chairman in the state, Titus Ambah, who said although they support the sack of quack teachers from service, alleged that government had breached their agreement on the cut off for the test.

He said, “As a professional body, we supported government to find a way of fishing out people who ordinarily have no business on the teaching profession and as the leader of the teachers, I will not stand here and see quack teachers among us and keep quiet.

“We went into the field, conducted this very exam, came out with the result and agreed that this is the cut off mark – for every teacher that calls himself a teacher, this is the cut-off mark. Later we heard it in the media that government said the cut off mark is supposed to be 75 against what we agreed.”

Ambah, however, accused the government of victimising members of the union, saying they would resist the decision by embarking on an industrial action.

“So, it is sending fear and agitation our members, so we need to speak so that our members will understand our position.

“We have resolved as a union that if by this very exam that was given to our teachers – which it was not even what we all agreed at our committee level headed by the SSG – if any teacher is being relieved of his or her appointment, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Kaduna State wing may not guarantee industrial harmony with the government of Kaduna State,” he added.

Meanwhile, the State Ministry of Education said it has declared a state of emergency in the sector due to the decay of infrastructure and lack of competent manpower.

The ministry also informed that it has commenced the recruitment of qualified teachers with the sole aim of bringing back the dignity of education in the state.

Obiano Approves Promotion Of Teachers, Others In Anambra

Obiano Approves Promotion Of Teachers, Others In Anambra
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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has signed the 2015 and 2016 promotion of all teachers and other civil servants in the state and local government service.

The governor announced the good news to jubilant teachers who gathered for the 2017 World Teachers Day celebration on Thursday at the Teachers’ House in Awka, the state capital.

Besides the implementation of the promotion, he said 5,000 teachers would be employed in the coming year to replace retired teachers and support the aging ones.

In the aspect of training, Obiano said the number of teachers for abroad training would surpass the 36 that went in 2016, to improve and expand the teachers’ knowledge and experience.

He also informed that 2,110 classroom blocks have been renovated and six water ambulances fixed, while fencing of schools would be intensified to improve security and guard against the encroachment of school property.

Commending the governor, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Ifeanyi Ofodile, listed more support they have gotten from the government.

Part of the programme to mark the celebration was the hand out of certificates of registration of cooperative society to 20 head teachers in the 21 local government areas, as well as the inauguration of a 250KVA generator provided by the state government to power the Teachers’ House.

Public Primary School Teachers Protest In Osun

Public Primary School Teachers in Osun State under the aegis of (NUT) has embarked on a protest in the state.

The teachers who were led by the Chairman of the Osun State chapter of the Union, Mr. Wakeel Amudah, sang solidarity songs as they marched to the Osun State Assembly complex.

The teachers, through the protest, expressed their concerns over the agitation for local government autonomy.

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Kwara Government Denies Sacking 700 Teachers

Kwara, Teachers, TESCOMThe Kwara State government has debunked a report by an online medium that 700 teachers recruited into the state’s Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) in 2014 without approval have been laid off.

The state government, through a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, described the report as false, misleading and lacking any basis in fact.

The governor’s media aide insists there has never been any intention to terminate their services of the teachers in question.

He clarified that the State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, had directed TESCOM to regularise the employment of the affected staff based on qualification and needs.

He stated that the State Executive Council had approved sanctions for the officials, including serving and retired personnel that facilitated the unauthorised recruitment of the workers.

According to the statement, TESCOM would conduct relevant process for the normalisation of employment of the affected staff with emphasis on those with appropriate qualifications in Mathematics, English and the core science subjects.

Dr. Akorede also referred to a Government House statement which noted that Governor Ahmed ruled out sacking the affected workers, in order not to worsen the unemployment situation in the Kwara State.

He, therefore, urged the public to disregard the false publication.

FG Employs 200,000 Graduates

FG Employs 200,000 GraduatesThe Nigerian government has employed 200, 000 graduates to work as teachers and agricultural extension workers across the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media, Mr Laolu Akande, made this disclosure at the second Presidential Economic Communication Workshop in Abuja.

Mr Akande explained that 200,000 graduates were selected out of 500,000.

According to him, while 150,000 of these graduates will work as teachers, 50,000 of them will work as extension workers.

The All Progressives Congress-led administration had promised during its campaign to provide three million jobs annually if voted into power.

However, over a year into its tenure, this dream has not been realised.

FG Commits To Tackling Menace Of Unqualified Teachers

Unqualified Teachers, FGThe Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling the issue of unqualified teachers as part of efforts to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the declaration at the 61st meeting of the National Council on Education in Abuja.

He said “without adequate and qualified teachers, the goal of having an education system that produces quality graduates who can compete globally, cannot be achieved”.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, also advocated the need for teachers to improve themselves in order to impart quality knowledge.

In a meeting held earlier in September, the education ministry has stated its plan to align with the contemporary world and its focus on education “as an instrument of launching nations into the world of science and technology, with consequential hope of human advancement in terms of living conditions and development of the environment”.

According to the ministry, “a nation develops in relation to its achievement in education”.

Kwara Loses Over N400m To Illegal Recruitment Of Teachers

kwara, labour leaders, salary paymentThe Kwara State Government on Thursday said it lost over 400 million Naira since 2014 due to the illegal recruitment of 516 employees by the State Teaching Service Commission.

In 2015, the Kwara State Government directed the Commission to employ secondary school teachers in the discipline of Mathematics and English to cater for the shortfall across the state.

The Chairman of the panel, Yusuf Daibu, while presenting the panel’s report to the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed said the panel discovered that the illegal employment of 965 employees instead of the 449 approved by the governor in 2014.

The mandate to recruit 449 teachers was, however, said to have been increased in flagrant abuse of the procedure which prompted the state government to set up an administrative panel of enquiry to determine the actual number of teachers employed.

Mr Daibu said the selection and recruitment were “haphazardly done as there were no records of shortlisted candidates or record of an interview panel that should have formed the basis of the final list of those recruited”.

The panel recommended, among other things, that the recruitment should be reviewed and limited to the 449 by considering “the genuine need of the Teaching Service Commission for additional hands especially in Mathematics, the core sciences and English language”.

The panel also recommended the review of the enabling law establishing the Teaching Service Commission to take care of some structural defects and that the oversight function of the state ministry of education and human capital development on the commission should be enforced.

Governor Ahmed said the panel is part of his administration’s efforts in boosting the quality of education in the state through judicious use of resources while ensuring that the right quality manpower is recruited.

 

A staff of the teaching service commission, who refused to disclose his name, while reacting on the submission of the report noted that even though the public is eagerly awaiting what would be the final outcome of the report, he however pleaded with the governor to temper justice with mercy by not throwing the already employed to the labour market.

Teachers Protest Unpaid Salaries In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Teachers Salaries ProtestSecondary school teachers in Bayelsa State have held a protest to declare their displeasure over unpaid seven-month salaries by the state government.

The teachers took to the major roads to press home their demands before marching to the state secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in south-south Nigeria.

They claimed that while other workers in the state have received half month payment three times, they have not received anything.

The teachers also rejected government’s proposition to give them half pay for the month of August on Thursday, insisting that the government must pay them as the other workers.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) in Bayelsa State, Mr Oyiemi Ebiredeni, said that members of the union had been battling to survive, as a result of unpaid salaries.

The Commissioner of Education, Mr Markson Fefegha, told Channels Television that the executives of ASUSS and the state government had different understanding with regard to the agreement reached during their private meeting.

FG’s N-Power Job Portal Records 400,000 Registrations In 36 Hours

N-power, Job PortalThe newly launched job portal of the Federal Government “N-Power. gov.ng,” has recorded over 400,000 successful registrations since it opened for submissions on Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Job Creation Unit in the Presidency says.

“We have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the call for applications. As at noon on Monday June 13, only 36 hours after the launch of the portal, 403, 528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process,” said the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhede.

“We are also very pleased that the registrations have been taking place without any hitches or system failures, considering the volume of response.

“All together the website has received over 35 million hits since Saturday midnight.”

The Jobs Scheme, known as ‘N-Power’, is one of the five initiatives of the Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria, described by President Muhammadu Buhari in his Democracy Day Speech as “by far the most ambitious social protection programme” in Nigeria’s history.

The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, in the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, reiterated President Buhari’s promise that the application process would not only be structurally robust, transparent and fair, the selection process that will follow would also be based on objective criteria that has nothing to do with party affiliations.

Unemployed Nigerians both graduate and non-graduates would be drawn from across the country on state-by-state basis in the final analysis.

A total sum of 500 billion Naira has been provided for the programme in the 2016 budget, an unprecedented development in Nigeria’s budget history.

N-Power is designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets.

It is expected to provide employment opportunities for 500,000 graduates as teachers, agriculture extension advisers, healthcare assistants, and civic and adult education instructors in communities across Nigeria.

There will also be a pool of 100,000 software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others.

Applications for the scheme commenced on Sunday June 12 on the portal after which screening and shortlisting will be carried out.