Gov­er­nors, bor­row a leaf from El-Rufa’i’s teach­ers’ com­pe­tency test

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

At the be­gin­ning of the un­fold­ing drama be­tween Gov­er­nor El-Rufa’i and teach­ers of Kaduna State, I’m ab­so­lutely in the side of the em­bat­tled Pri­mary School teach­ers. I’m one of those who used all avail­able plat­forms to preach against this mass sack of the civil ser­vants.

The am­ple ad­vice I gave ini­tially to Gov­er­nor of Kaduna State at that time was, since Kaduna State is their em­ployer, and El-Rufa’i is com­mit­ted to over­haul the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem of Kaduna State, which is quite com­mend­able and timely, why not en­gage them in re­fresher cour­ses to make them fit?

If Kaduna State gov­ern­ment can af­ford to spend money to re­cruit fresh hands into the sys­tem, why can’t it spend on re­train­ing the al­ready em­ployed teach­ers? But later, af­ter re­veal­ing the an­swer scripts to the pub­lic by Kaduna State gov­ern­ment, and mean­ing­less re­sponses those teach­ers gave to that pri­mary four ex­am­i­na­tion, I made a U-turn and rushed to the side of the gov­er­nor.

I agree with El-Rufa’i’s stance that those teach­ers don’t have even the min­i­mum pre-req­ui­sites for teach­ing. En­trust­ing the ed­u­ca­tional fu­ture of those pupils to these teach­ers will end up in pro­duc­ing fail­ure upon fail­ure. But I’m still hold­ing the view that those teach­ers shouldn’t be sacked. What gov­ern­ment should do is to ab­sorb them and post them to other sec­tions where they can func­tion ef­fec­tively. Al­though, ad­di­tional struc­tures need to be put in place, the teacher is the al­pha and omega of all learn­ing pro­cesses. The qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion lies on the shoul­ders of a qual­i­ta­tive tu­tor­ing. And this ma­jor re­pair of our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem should not be lim­ited to only Kaduna State but rather, to the en­tire states of the fed­er­a­tion. Be­cause in­sti­tu­tions sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to closely watch and mon­i­tor the ac­tiv­i­ties of teach­ers, failed to en­sure that only those with re­quired re­quire­ments and moral up­right­ness were al­lowed en­try into the class rooms. More­over, not only Gov­er­nor El-Rufa’i wants qual­i­ta­tive ed­u­ca­tion for his peo­ple. Other states need to take a clue from this rare move to as­sess whether their teach­ers are fit to the task or not. Sadly, this no­ble pro­fes­sion, courtesy of gov­ern­ment’s ne­glect, is be­ing viewed by many as all com­ers ven­ture. Mis­cre­ants with no re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tions were com­pen­sated by politi­cians with teach­ing jobs. That’s why the need be­comes nec­es­sary for other States to ad­min­is­ter this kind of com­pe­tency test to their re­spec­tive teach­ers to weed out quacks that stealth­ily sneaked into this em­i­nent pro­fes­sion. Abbas Datti, Kano.

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