No Amount Of Protest Will Reverse Teachers’ Sack – El-Rufal

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state has reiterated that no amount of protest will change the government’s position on the sacked 21,780 teachers.

The Kaduna state government had received backlash from Nigerians since its decision to sack the teachers who failed a competency test it organised.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, protested the decision in the state, days after the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teacher (NUT) went on strike over the matter.

The governor, in a recent interview on Thursday said he is convinced he’s doing the right thing.

“We have already taken second, third and fourth looks at this situation. We have studied what previous governments have tried to do and there is no going back,” he said.

“I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we are not going to reverse our decision; these teachers are gone, we are going to employ new teachers.

“The process of testing and interviewing the 25,000 teachers we are hiring to replace the 21,780 that we have fired is on and we are going to go ahead with it.”

The governor added that the state decided to take the step because “it is the children of poor that go to public schools.” and so, “we are committed to ensuring that they get decent public education as I got it when I was growing up in Daudawa in Katsina state.”

“I went to a public school and I got decent education. I was orphaned at the age of eight but I got free, basic education and that is why I am where I am,” he added.

“I intend, at whatever price, at whatever cost to bequeath that to children of ordinary people in Kaduna state. There is no going back.”

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