Kaduna state government has begun the recruitment of 25,000 teachers into its 4,456 primary schools to replace the 21,000 that recently failed competence test.
The recruitment notice issued by the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and signed by its Executive Chairman, Nasiru Umar, said the recruitment was part of the state government’s effort to equip all schools with competent and qualified teachers in an effort to provide quality education and learning to pupils across the state.
The new teachers are required following the failure of over 21,000 teachers to score 75% in primary four examination recently conducted by the Kaduna state government.
“Kaduna state government invites applications from interested and qualified candidates for teaching appointments into public primary schools across the state,” he said.
SUBEB specified possession of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) as the minimum qualification. But the basic education agency noted that it strongly encourages graduates in education disciplines such as B.Ed. B. A. Ed., B. Sc. (Ed.) and B. Tech (Ed.) to apply.
According to the notice, the applicants are expected to have a certificate from the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.
Kaduna state Executive Council had debated and approved the outcome of the teacher competency test, and has directed immediate action to recruit new teachers.
The decision was supported by a recent joint meeting of the Kaduna state executive council with the top hierarchy of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state with APC members of the National Assembly from the state.
Blueprint learnt that government identified the politicisation of teacher recruitment by local government councils for the hiring of unqualified persons as teachers, thus SUBEB would ensure that all the teachers face and pass standardised competency tests before they were hired by the local government education authorities (LGEAs).