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Buhari laments rot in Nigeria’s education, says ‘we are in a very tragic situation’


President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the ongoing primary school education reforms embarked upon by the Kaduna state government.

The President made this known on Monday when he declared open a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on Education, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Kaduna experience

Kaduna Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i came under attacks recently, especially from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over plans by the governor to sack at least 21, 780 primary school teachers, who could not pass a competency test.

The development which did not go down well with the leadership of the NLC, prompted a protest on November 8 over what it described as `obnoxious plan’ by the state government to sack the teachers.

However, Buhari while decrying the rot in the sector, said Nigeria could not progress beyond the level and standard of its current educational system.

“What el-Rufai is trying to do now is exactly what that man told me about 10 years ago. It is a very, very serious situation, when teachers cannot pass their exams that they are supposed to teach the children to pass.

“It is a very tragic situation we are in and this our gathering together to me is one of the most important in this Administration.”

Buhari said with the rot in the education sector, drastic measures had become necessary to salvage the situation.