President Muhammadu Buhari has shown support for the plan by Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, to sack 21,780 teachers, who flunked a recent competency test. The president Monday led senior government officials, governors and experts to the Presidential Summit on Education held at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. Buhari noted the reforms Governor El-Rufai is carrying out in educational sector in his state, adding it is “a very serious situation when teachers cannot pass the exams they’re supposed to administer to their students. It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive national reform”.
The president in his keynote address said, “the state of education in Nigeria calls for a serious concern”.
“The problem is no longer a secret that the quality of education in Nigeria requires greater attention and improvement.
“That our country is facing numerous challenges in education and all other sectors as a result of historical abuses, mindless impunity and corruption is not news to anyone.
“With an estimated 13.2 million children out of school, high illiteracy level, infrastructural deficit and decay, unqualified teachers, and inadequate instructional materials, to mention some of the challenges, we can clearly see the effect of decades of neglect that the education sector has suffered”, said the president.
He further said: “We are determined to turnaround the sector for the better. We are already making appreciable progress in this respect. This summit must therefore, among other things, sharpen our strategies for addressing the challenges of basic and secondary education, teacher training and professional development; technical and vocational education.”