El-Rufai: It’s impossible to retrain mere illiterates… these teachers are gone

El-Rufai: It’s impossible to retrain mere illiterates… these teachers are gone

Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, says the over 21,000 unqualified teachers sacked recently by his administration are “mere illiterates” who have no business being teachers in the first place.

He was responding to critics suggesting that instead of sacking the ‘unqualified’ teachers, the state government should retrain them.

“Those that are suggesting retraining have not read our various statements on this issue. This administration of the APC in Kaduna State has already spent N650m on in the last two-and-a-half years since we took office,” El-Rufai said on Thursday night during on interview with Channels Television’s News at 10.

“We have trained teachers, we have brought funds from the global partnership for education to train teachers. But you cannot train an illiterate to be a teacher.

“If a person is a mere illiterate, you cannot train him to be a teacher. You can only train someone who has the basic skills to be better. The situation we have in which people cannot answer questions that Primary Four people can answer, it means that they are incapable of being trained. Those that are talking about training do not get it.

“These ones that are going are untrainable. They can do something else with their lives, and we will do everything to give them the opportunity to do so but not teaching.

“Some that were hired even with NCE certificates, some even with degree certificates in education, failed the test which is a big shock to me because we posted these test (results) online for everyone to see the questions that those so-called teachers were failing; just to make the point that these people are beyond redemption.

“We cannot train them to be teachers. We can train them to do something else – absolutely, but not teaching. They are not qualified to teach.”

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