El-Rufai speaks on replacing sacked teachers, says first batch to be ready in February

The Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday said all arrangement are concluded on replacing sacked teachers with new ones, whose work will be “permanent and pensionable”.

Nasir el-Rufai

The governor made the statement while meeting with the chairmen of the 23 local government councils and their Education Secretaries.

According to the statement released by Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, “the meeting received reports from all the 23 councilson the conditions in the schools in their areas.

“The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) also gave an update on the recruitment process for new teachers. SUBEB officials confirmed that the marking of scripts for new recruits has been concluded, and they assured the governor that the first batch of newly recruited teachers should be ready for deployment by the middle of February 2018.

“The council officials reported that most teachers in Kaduna State are reporting to work, and ignoring the NUT strike. The field reports indicated that NUT officials are persisting in their harassment of teachers that are reporting for duty. This illegal action is being aggravated by the seizure of school attendance registers by some of the union officials.

“The meeting also heard that many teachers who did not apply anew, or were dissuaded by their union from taking the recruitment test are requesting a second chance. Responding to this plea from the Education Secretaries, Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that SUBEB has a programme of continuous recruitment, and as such will give every teacher that is willing a chance to apply and be considered for recruitment.

“We are not interested in pushing any one away,” the governor said. We are pushing bad people away so that good ones can come in. That is why we are recruiting 25,000 to take the place of 21,780.”

“The governor said that the police and civil defence forces will provide protection for schools. He warned union officials to desist from impeding teachers that are reporting for work, or from seizing attendance registers. “The right to strike does not include the right to prevent others from working. Union officials are reminded that school registers are public property, and seizing them amounts to an illegal act.”

Recall that the governor had sacked over 21,000 primary school teachers for failing a competency test, representing about two-third of those who sat for the test.

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