Sack of 21700 teachers: Buhari backs El-Rufai

You have my blessing: Buhari supports El-Rufai's proposed teachers' winnowing

You have my blessing: Buhari supports El-Rufai's proposed teachers' winnowing

The move to lay off the "unfit" teachers has been condemned by labour unions in the state as well as a senator, Shehu Sani, who accused the governor of trying to replace the teachers with his cronies.

Governor Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday criticised President Buhari for supporting Governor Nasir El-Rufai in the planned sack of Kaduna teachers who failed the recently conducted competency test in the state.

In his opening remarks at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria with the theme: Education in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects, the president said it was no longer secret that the sector is in crisis especially with 13.2 million children out of school.

However, President Buhari described the situation as "very, very serious" and said "it is bad that teachers can not pass the exams that they are supposed to teach the children". For nine years, I was in a boarding school, three in primary and six in secondary school.

"It is a very tragic situation we are in, and this our gathering is one of the most important ones in this administration".

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"In those days, teachers treated their students like their own children".

The president described as unaccountable a situation where teachers were not different from their students in terms of learning. "If you did well, they told you, you did well, if you didn't do well, they never spared the rod", he said.

Governor El-rufai had in a bid to upgrade the quality of primary school teachers in his state, administered a test calculated to measure proficiency and basic skills.

The president said the effect of decay in the education sector was glaring, vowing that his administration would change the situation for the better.

Of the 33,000 primary school teachers that participated, close to 22,000, that is, 66 per cent, failed to obtain 75 per cent in the test.

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