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TwitterNG divided on Planned Sack of over 21,000 Kaduna Teachers who Failed Competency Test



TwitterNG divided on Planned Sack of over 21,000 Kaduna Teachers who Failed Competency Test

Teachers during the protest

For some weeks now, Kaduna state has been trending on social media following the planned sack of over 21,000 teachers who failed the primary four competency test administered to them.

Yesterday, the state government released two statements: one saying that there is no going back on the planned disengagement of the teachers; the other condemning the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) for attacking the state’s House of Assembly complex and vandalising government properties.

Social media users, as usual, are divided between letting the teachers go and retraining them.

The state government has also released the scripts of some of the teachers:

The state government has also announced that recruitment is ongoing for prospective teachers who are expected to fill up the deficit.

Here’s what Twitter users are saying on the issue.

BellaNaijarians share your thoughts.


  1. Ephi

    November 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Nigerians must always carry sentiments into things. Smh. The situation in the North when it comes to quality education (or rather a lack of it) needs to be salvaged and salvaged fast.

    • Amaa

      November 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      I agree. The North has lagged behind in almost every thing be it education ,immunization etc. I stand with the governor bold enough to take on the NUJ. Can I ask what the union dues from the teachers is meant for.
      Teachers should demand that their dues be put to good use by training and upgrading members of the unions, to be better equipped with the necessary tools to teach. In addition to whatever training the government gives.
      Now I understand why the northerners have a rot in the education sector

    • Wale Vintage

      November 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      This is the fabric the likes of Malami was cut out of, these are the never baked morons that north forced on us in unity schools, hoping they would catch up when they mix with kids from other parts of the country. These are the people that after graduation with 4th class University degrees mainly in the low grade northern universities are given choice positions, appointments and jobs while the really smart educated Nigerians wallow in frustration and in the unemployment market. The people from the north are lazy as fuck. For a long time the felt they did not need to be educated because they have this self entitlement as guaranteed by the British. They are the chosen ones, born to rule. That my people, is why the country is messed up. These two singular factors. Northern entitlement and their lack of educated masses. Every time a northern president comes to rule he brings with him half baked incompetent people like Malami. If you notice the few well educated northerners in the past actually went to mission or Christian schools in the north or abroad. More resources needs to be invested in education all over Nigeria. Yes-quality education has sharply deteriorated in the country in general since the 90s. I can boldly say(unless they attended private schools) anyone that graduated in a Nigerian public school university after 1992 needs to be retrained. So yes, the best way to describe education in that country now is what we call GiGo. Garbage In, Garbage Out. Buhari should have directed a bigger portion of the 2018 budget to revamping education. That is the root and foundation to all the other problems in the country. These Kaduna saga just brought it to the forefront.

  2. babym

    November 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Buahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, my bele oo. I almost fainted reading those exam scripts!! the sad part is that after laughing u realise it is really not funny at alllllll!!! This is so shockingly sad. we can not mess with our children’s future like this! No need for sentiments here. If I can not do my job properly, best believe I will be getting a sack!! ppl have been sacked for way less GREVIOUS offences!!

  3. Ene

    November 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I’m with the Kaduna state Government. I wouldn’t want this kind of teachers teaching anybody I know.
    These Teachers should be shown the way out. Its non negotiable.
    And the recruitment process should be thorough, if possible select those that are competent and have the passion for education, and not just those pushed into teaching because of unemployment.
    Uncle Demola Olanrewaju, well done, you must politicise everything.

  4. Amaa

    November 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm


  5. Spunky

    November 9, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Hahahahaha. Someone answered ICT as introduction of computer technology.

  6. ***

    November 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This olanrewaju fella tweeting crap should get a grip of himself, he is far from wise … as the incompetent teachers are undergoing training, who will teach the pupils? Why should government be held accountable for a person’s or ppeople’s incompetency? Why is the government obligated to correct that? They were justly fired … this is commendable and I hope the kaduna state govt. gets a court order to uphold this

    • Engoz

      November 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Don’t mind him. Playing with people’s lives. Just insert his logic into other professions and see how foolish it sounds. Example If a doctor doesn’t know the difference between a lung and a heart, a cutlass and a scalpel, we should allow him practice, so that he can learn on the job, or ‘re-train’ him or argue that the examination did not follow due process. I hope Olarewaju will donate himself as a guinea pig for this doctor since he’s so empathetic to his plight.

    • Ty

      November 10, 2017 at 6:08 am

      You fon have to be rude cos he makes a lot of sense…. bankers go on trainining… does it affect their operations or ur transactions? No…. these teachers shld be re- trained over n over…. if they still don’t meet up, then th sack becomes inevitable….

    • Engoz

      November 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      WTH!!! Companies train those go on training to garner NEW information

    • Engoz

      November 10, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      WTH!!! First of all companies will employ qualified persons for the position. Training, taking certificate courses is done to expose you to NEW information in your line of work. The training is not to teach you what you should have already learnt in school.

  7. Engoz

    November 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    GOOD JOB GOVERNOR! I am behind you on this one. Do not relent!

  8. Halley

    November 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Wow! It looks like those who marked the test are just as incompetent! Some of the answers were marked wrong when they were right! I will list a few:
    1. yam is a cash crop
    2. maize is a food crop.
    3. rice is a food crop
    4. coat of arms is a symbol of Nigeria
    5. currency is a symbol of Nigeria

    Then the points were not added up correctly. According to the points they gave, this teacher should have gotten 35/100 not 23/100.
    @afrispheric has nailed the issue on the head. We all want quality teachers but due process must be followed. The new teachers will not be better than the old ones because they were all produced from the same fundamentally flawed education system. If the govt is interested in getting qualified teachers, they should raise the salaries of the teachers (currently at about N25,000/month) and improve their working conditions. Those 2 aspects alone will attract a higher calibre of teachers. These sledgehammer tactics play to the sadist Nigerian mobs who are interested in “offing” their heads but not willing to invest in the cold, hard work needed for improvements in the long run.

    • Engoz

      November 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      You’re clawing at straws. Seems you graduated from this teacher’s class. The question says DEFINE cash crop, it did not say list examples of cash crop.

      This is why we need a rigorous, drastic turn over in the educational sector of Nigeria. People don’t know the difference between defining and listing.

  9. ***

    November 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    They may be better on farms (which our economy urgently and desperately needs) if they still have the zeal and interest to teach, then they should save up from the proceeds they get from farming and get a proper education … el rufai you should consider this rather ‘benevolent’ approach, its a win win for everybody … diversify and increase your state’s IGR

  10. Engoz

    November 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Are teachers employed under a specified contract in Nigeria? Somebody should please clarify.

    According to Afrispheric: “Employees Sign a contract when employed”.

    Nope, not all employment requires a contract.
    There is employment on ‘at will basis’, meaning I as the employee is free to terminate the position at any time and the Company is free to terminate the position at any time.

  11. Weezy

    November 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Someone could not identify a rectangle.

  12. Papacy

    November 9, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    All i want to say is , going by the scripts that we all read through, if the bearer of the poster in the picture actually wrote that himself, ejo o, take him back. At least he can spell.
    This is not even funny. Anyone who opposes this decision shoudl make sure his/her kids go to schools with such teachers first.

  13. lols

    November 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    oh my! did i just see a placard saying exam is not a true test of knowledge?

    so why do the teachers conduct exams for students and make judgments based on their results….nonsense

  14. LemmeRant

    November 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    When a Nigerian teacher starts protesting that “examination is not a true test of knowledge” lol do you ear yourself?

    What will your students now say?

    • Patty boo

      November 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      I just tire o! Lwkmd what will the students say.
      someone once said Nigeria is the kind of country that when we have 24/7 light people will complain that it will spoil generator business

  15. NG

    November 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Let’s not be deceived education is not only suffering in the north, it is same in many public schools especially in the rural areas and in many half-baked private schools in the cities. About time that emergency we’ve been singing about gets declared in our educational sector nationwide.

    There should be no debate about giving these so-called teachers the sack. But pity them too as victims of the same educational rot. In which case social consideration should guide the state in implementing some program to retrain them on other skills apart from teaching

  16. Physio Tinu

    November 9, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Anyone who defends the sacking of these “teachers” should place their kids and wards in the same school to be taught by the “teachers”

    Secondly, even the competency questions for the teachers is somehow. Are these the types of questions teachers should be asked in the first place?

    Someone sha has to start from somewhere to clean up the mess in Nigeria. All the best to those who dare…i don’t envy them at all.

  17. nwa nna

    November 10, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Nigeria’s education sector as a whole needs a major overhaul!
    Kaduna state only reflects a broader issue across the entire country’s educational system, or lack there of.

    I can guarantee you that if the same exact test is given across the board to Nigerian teachers, we’ll see the same repeat itself.

  18. ijele

    November 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    This is the effect of quotra system in our country. If you lower your standard to accomodate a mediocre then the mediocre will be your teacher later years down the line. North should be ashamed that almost 60 years after independence that they are still called educationally disadvantaged states. They should import teachers from the south and should stop sending the students on scholarship to Sudan and Yemen etc. It is a self inflicted wound and they should learn that they are dragging Nigeria backward with their mentality and approach to Education. These illiterates teachers are found in their politics and ministries as DG and Senators . Its a shame!!!!!!!!!!

  19. zzzzzzzzzzz

    November 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    This all boils down to corruption. No training is needed here. These people are not fit to be teachers and should go back to school and start afresh. New and qualified teachers should be employed. I am sure there are a lot of NCE holders that would gladly take up the job. Really pathetic.

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