The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed that ,46,806 people applied to teach in the state. He made disclosure at a consultative meeting with state lawmakers in the National Assembly in Abuja.
The governor called on the National Assembly members from Kaduna State to help save future generations from servitude by ensuring that quality public education is offered in the state.
El-Rufai explained that all shortlisted applicants will be subjected to oral and practical examinations, to be followed by interview and final verification to ascertain the authenticity of their qualifications.
Recruited teachers to be trained
In a statement issued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, quoted El-Rufai is as saying that those who scale through will undergo training on teaching before their deployment to classrooms to teach.
“The issue of ensuring quality and competent teachers in public schools is something crucial and doable, but it requires courage, sincerity and honesty as guiding principles.
“We are all products of quality public schools and can compete anywhere in the world; we are beneficiaries of quality education from public schools and we have achieved a lot from the sacrifices made by previous leaders.
“Having benefitted from quality public education, we must be committed to reviving our public schools. The unqualified teachers that are being replaced will get all their rights and entitlements,” he revealed.
Government on undeterred in teaching reforms
The governor stated that his administration is undeterred by propaganda, blackmail, and deliberate misrepresentation of facts in carrying out its reforms which is not limited to the teaching profession.
“This reform is necessary hard work, and will not be derailed by propaganda, blackmail, and deliberate misrepresentation of facts.
“Reform is not restricted to recruiting and retaining competent teachers. We are constructing and reconstructing schools, class rooms, updating the curriculum, providing facilities and teaching aids and teachers’ welfare,” he added
“We removed the career barrier for teachers in 2015. Teachers in Kaduna State can rise to Grade Level 17 (Permanent Secretary grade) without having to stop being teachers.
The governor thanked the lawmakers for their immense support irrespective of political parties.
“We all agreed that we must pursue this cause as a path to free present and future generations. There is no future for a country that consigns most of its people to ignorance. The key issue here is that we must make sacrifices and provide our children and future generations a quality of education that can give enhance their life prospects, and guarantee self-reliance for all our people. This can only be feasible with quality education in all our public schools at primary and secondary levels.”
Hon. Yakubu Umar Barde, the Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, who led the Kaduna State National Assembly delegation to the meeting pledged that they will continue to work assiduously with the governor in championing the progress and development of Kaduna state.