By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, on Monday, condemned alleged instigation of primary school protest by teachers who failed the competency test.
The governor made the statement when people from 23 the local government area of the state came to the Government House to support the state government over the new restructuring of primary education in Kaduna.
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, represented by the Deputy Governor, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex said the state government was not doing this to hurt anybody but to ensure that they get the best education in the state.
He said that, it was necessary for Kaduna State government to embark on restructuring of its primary education this will be for the betterment of children in future.
He added that, the state government is ready to employ 25,000 qualified teachers, and the government has decided that all disqualified teachers can reapply in the ongoing registration.
He added that their duty as state government is to protect and guild the future of children in the state.
El-Rufai urged them to continue to support the restructuring of the education sector, sound education is not a matter of sentiment.
According to him, parents who send their children to public schools have a right to expect decent tuition for their wards.
“Being poor should not mean that the prospects of their children should also be played with,” he said.
The leader of the delegation, Malam Musa Sani, said they were in government house to support the state government.
He thanked the state government for working towards implementing some policies, he said sometimes it is difficult but in this reforms it will help and develop the state and the future of children.
Members of National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) and National Association of Kaduna State Students (NAKASS) were also at the Government House to Support Kaduna State Government on the reforms.
In related development, Councillor Information and Communication to the Governor, Saidu Adamu, while addressing Government House correspondents in Kaduna, said the state government’s priority is to make every child in the state to benefit quality education that will make them self reliant.
“Parents want their wards to succeed in life, it is therefore the responsibility of teachers to train and retrain themselves towards achieving quality education that will be of good to the lives the children,” he said
He stated, that it is unfortunate that some leaders are thinking otherwise about the steps the state government has taken.
According to him, the 22,000 teachers that refused to embark on training and retraining, the state government will dismiss them.
He added, so far, the state government has received 18,000 applicants, very soon qualified teachers will be employed.
On the 350m dollars, he said the money is meant for the restructuring of primary schools in the state.
He maintained that, Kaduna State’s collection of loan is a process and the loan will be used for the progress of the state.
He assured people of the state that the money will be used wisely.
He called on National Assembly to approve the money, because it will be used for development of the state.
“On the fate of local government workers, the Kaduna State Government is not ready to disengage any staff but to reform the local government,” he explained.
He said, as for ghost workers in the local government, the state government will definitely fetch them out, stressing that this will bring back sanity into local government areas.