Sacked 21,780 Kaduna teachers act of impunity – Group

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By our Correspondent

The recent disengagement of 21,780 public primary school teachers in Kaduna by Governor Ahmed Nasir El- Rufai has been described as an act completely bereft of humility or milk of human kindness, notwithstanding the good intentions that may have informed the action.
A statement by Mainan Zazzau Communication Committee, issued by its secretary, Ibrahim Adamu Zango and made available to newsmen in the state, said disengaging primary school teachers under the guise of education sector reforms was a huge setback to the rule of law and natural justice.
“Coming during a deep recession and a period characterised by high unemployment, especially among the youth, is also a recipe for the total breakdown of law and order as well as the onset of chaos.
“Already, mass protest against the move to sack the teachers and recruit 25,000 new ones led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on the 8th of November led to vandalisation of the Lugard Hall premises of Kaduna State House of Assembly and an attack on some legislators.
The statement said the forced closure of public primary schools in Kaduna metropolis caused a massive disruption of the already fragile system and endangerment of innocent and vulnerable pupils.
“There is no doubt that the educational system nationwide is on the verge of failing completely. The poor performance of candidates at the WAEC/NECO examinations in recent years is the clearest indicator that all is far from well.
“Higher up, the abysmal quality of recent university graduates speaks volumes on the rot in the education sector at all levels. Assessment tests recently carried out by several state governments, notably Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto, undoubtedly showed that teacher quality in public schools is at its lowest,” the statement added.

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