In a rather shocking news, about 1300 teachers in Kaduna have failed in tests generally set for primary four pupils, Commissioner for Education Alhaji Usman Mohammed has revealed.
Mohammed made the shocking disclosure at an education summit tagged “Education for all is responsibility of all”, held at the General Hassan Usman Katsina House yesterday.
“A total of 1,599 teachers selected from across the state were given primary four tests in Mathematics and Basic literacy. Only one of them scored 75 percent, 250 scored between 50 to 75 percent and 1,300 scored below 25 percent,” he said.
According to him, the same examination was conducted for 1,800 primary school pupils but that larger percent of them failed woefully.
“We are not surprised about the performance of the pupils because how can they know it, when their teachers don’t know it,” he added.
In his reaction, chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna, Comrade Audu T. Amba said he was not aware of the purported test which the commissioner made reference to.
“I was supposed to be at the summit but I could not make it. I don’t know when, where and how the survey was conducted. Sometime last year, they came out and said 18,000 teachers are unqualified but how many teachers do we have in the state? Who employed the unqualified teachers ? It is the same government that employed them.
“If selfish interest is not removed in recruitment, we will continue to have the problem. If government is complaining, who do we blame? The government should be blamed for it,” he said in a telephone interview.