Kaduna to sanitise private schools’ quality, employ more public school teachers

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai addressing participants at the Kaduna State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Acceleration Conference held in Kaduna on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019.

Kaduna State Government is making plans to go after some “underperforming” private schools in the state and may begin shutting them down soon. It is also recruiting additional 7000 teachers.

This decision is part of the deliberate attempt to promote quality education in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, made this known in a statement obtained by EduCeleb.com in Kaduna on Wednesday, 17th July.

Makarfi said the step will enable the ministry track and monitor the operations of private schools in the state, with a view to ensuring that they all operate within the minimum acceptable standard.

“We will soon go after them. Those that are doing what they are supposed to be doing by their establishment, we will encourage them to continue.

“However, we will certainly close down those that are only there to make money, while those that are not ready to meet up the required standard will be given some time to make amends,” Makarfi said in his statement.

“We will not allow a situation where the future of our children will be jeopardised by enrolling them into schools that are not prepared to provide the expected quality education.”

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Makarfi said that steps would be taken to ensure that teachers do their job diligently and children were learning.

Employing more public school teachers, improve quality

The Education Commissioner added that the government has already initiated steps to motivate and empower teachers to do more in terms of delivering quality and impactful teaching in public schools.

“I am happy I came at a time when Gov. Nasir el-Rufa’i has approved the employment of additional 7,600 qualified teachers for public secondary schools in the state.

“I am happy I came at a time when the state government, with support from Islamic development Bank is building six science secondary schools, two in each senatorial district of the state.

“I am also happy I took over when the state government is making heavy investment in education and all we have to do is to ensure that the resources are judiciously utilised, and teachers do their work diligently.

“We will equally improve on our resource mobilisation, coordination and supervision, and create linkages and communication to facilitate the achievement of the education sector strategic plan,” he said.

EduCeleb.com recalls that the El-Rufai led government had in its first term in office taken some steps to ensure that only qualified teachers were found in its public schools.

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It sacked about 22,000 public school teachers who it said were unable to pass a primary school test up to 75%. It thereafter employed 25,000 teachers to replace them out of whom 4000 were later sacked for alleged incompetence.

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