21,780 teachers are said to have failed a test meant for primary four pupils which was used to examine their competence according to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
The Governor said, “We tested our 33,000 primary schoolteachers, we gave them primary four examination and required that they must get at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements.
“The hiring of teachers in the past was politicised and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary schoolteachers to restore the dignity of education in the state,” the governor said.
Consequent to this development, the Kaduna State Government have announced it is shopping for 25,000 new teachers to replace those who failed the test as part of its plans to restore dignity and quality to education.
“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.
“In some local government areas, it’s a teacher-pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said”, the Governor added while receiving a World Bank delegation in Kaduna on Monday.