President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday threw his weight behind Governor Nasir El-Rufai's decision to sack 22,000 teachers in Kaduna State who failed competency test and recruit 25,000 new ones.
The group called on the people to reject the orchestrated political gang-up to deliberately divert the attention of the transparent Government assiduous effort to aggressively develop Kaduna State socio-economic infrastructures and the educational sector.
President Buhari, who opened a Special Retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing Nigeria's education sector in Abuja, said there is urgent need for comprehensive national reform.
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"Having been an orphan, I still feel that whatever I did in life so far was built by boarding school". For nine years, I was in boarding school, three in primary and six in secondary school. In those days, teachers treated students or children like their own children. If you did well, they will tell you, you didn't, they wouldn't spare the rod. "I left home, I refused to work in the local government, and then I joined the army". He said after his training here in Nigeria and United states, he went to his primary school to see what could he contribute, I will not mention his name; but when he went, he couldn't differentiate between the students or the children and the teachers. "It is a very tragic situation we are in and this gathering together to me is one of the important (things) in this administration", the president said. Architect Muhammad Namadi Sambo's Administration as Governor of Kaduna State gave this earring teachers four years to obtain NCE they failed, late Mr. Ibrahim Yakowa of blessed memory gave these teachers additional four years which was concluded by Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero to earn NCE yet they failed.
"The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state", El-Rufai said.