Kaduna Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has insisted that no amount of blackmail and propaganda will stop him from reforming education in the state.
The governor stated this on Thursday in Abuja during a regular consultative meeting with members of the National Assembly from Kaduna State.
His statement comes amid the controversy and criticism that have trailed the decision of the state government to sack about 22,000 teachers who failed the competency test conducted for them in June.
“This reform is necessary hard work, and will not be derailed by propaganda, blackmail, and deliberate misrepresentation of facts; reform is not restricted to recruiting and retaining competent teachers,” he said.
“We are constructing and reconstructing schools, classrooms, updating the curriculum, providing facilities, teaching aids and teachers’ welfare. We removed the career barrier for teachers in 2015; teachers in Kaduna state can rise to Grade Level 17 (Permanent Secretary grade) without having to stop being teachers.”