Deceased and retired teachers, messengers and security personnel were listed among “teachers” that passed the test conducted for primary school teachers in Kaduna state, according to the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).
Yahaya Abbas, NUT Chairman in Zaria Local Government, disclosed this in Zaria, while reacting to a mass protest by primary school pupils in Sabon-Gari.
The pupils were protesting against the sack of 21,000 teachers said to have scored less than 75 per cent in a test set set for them.
“The result of the examination showed that only three or four teachers passed in many schools.
“In some schools, retired teachers and teachers that died a long time ago were among those that passed.
“The list of successful teachers sent to some schools also included names of their messengers and security personnel,” he alleged.
The NUT Chairman alleged that names of senior staff, especially those on level 14 and above, were absent from among those that passed, raising the suspicion that government was only out to sack them so as to reduce cost.
NUT Chairman, Sabon Gari Local Government, Rabi’u Usman, described the action of the pupils as their “personal opinion not influenced by anybody”.
He said, however, that the children’s action was “a right step in the right direction”, and called on government to “do something urgently to save the situation”.
Usman said that the union was not opposed to the examination, but was against the pass mark of 75 per cent, declaring that there was no examination with such a high pass mark.
The Chairman appealed to the state government to rescind its decision to sack the teachers before the expiration of the Union’s ultimatum, or face the consequences.
The primary school pupils had taken to Zaria streets to protest the sack of their teachers, and vowed to resist the action by the Kaduna Government.
The pupils, who massed into all routes in the city, carried leaves and posters of Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i with “ba ma so” (we do not want this), written under it.