Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has voted for retention of teachers who flunked a competency test in Kaduna and knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for backing their planned sacking. A statement from Fayose, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said teachers shouldn’t be labelled “incompetent and harassed with competency test”.
“Not minding the state’s inability to pay salaries as and when due, owing to paucity of fund, I will not sack any worker under any guise.
“Here in Ekiti State, the immediate past APC government used competency test to demote many secondary school principals, vice-principals and primary school headteachers, leading to sudden death of many of them. The government then tried to force the competency test on the teachers but they resisted.
“Today, students in Ekiti State are still being taught by the same teachers that the APC government said were not competent and the students were the ones whose performance gave the state first position in NECO in 2016 and 2017.
“The state also moved from 26 per cent performance in the West African Examination Council’s Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in 2014 to 36.5 per cent in 2015, 42 per cent in 2016 and 74.86 per cent in 2017.
“Therefore, instead of hiding under competency test to sack teachers, the APC government both at the states and federal governments should come to Ekiti State and learn how we were able to get optimum performance from the same set of teachers that the immediate past APC government in the state labelled incompetent and harassed with competency test.”