Kaduna State begin another competency test for primary school teachers, over 20,000 unqualified teachers had been sacked in 2017

The Kaduna State Government has commenced another competency test for primary school teachers as part of efforts to ensure quality teaching and learning in basic schools across the state.

The teachers are expected to write ten questions per subject; English language,  Mathematics, Social studies and basic science.

Speaking at the commencement of the computer-based test held in three different centres,  the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Tijjani Abdullahi said the competency test is not to sack any teacher but to identify gaps in the subject areas for the purpose of training and retraining the teachers.

“The teachers that are here will see the difference in the approach of the testing,” the State SUBEB Chairman told journalists.

In 2017, the Kaduna State Ministry of Education sacked over 20,000 unqualified teachers who failed a test conducted to determine their competency and the recruitment of 25,000 qualified ones.

The decision led to a face-off between the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the Nigerian Labour Congress ( NLC) against the state government leading to a series of protest.

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