Court stops sack of over 20,000 teachers that failed the competency test in Kaduna

The Kaduna Division of the National Industrial Court today issued an order stopping the state government from going further with the plan to sack 21,780 primary school teachers that failed a competency test organised by the state government.

Recall that in June, the state government organized a competency test for primary school teachers in the state. Sadly, over 21, 000 of the teachers failed the primary 4 set of questions given to them. Some of the scripts released by the state government showed that many of the teachers supplied ridiculous answers to basic questions they were asked. About two-thirds of the teachers that sat for the competency test, failed to score up to 75 percent. The state government afterward announced it will be terminating the appointment of the incompetent teachers.
This decision caused the state union of teachers to on October 30th through their counsel, Samuel Atum, file a lawsuit against the state government over the planned mass sack. 
At the hearing today which was attended by hundreds of teachers and labour leaders, the lawyer, Mr. Atum, praised the court for “graciously” giving the order for the state government not to proceed with the mass sack.
“This is democracy and the premise of democracy is the rule of law, so we expect nothing more than absolute submission by the state government to comply with the order of the court. I have confidence that the government will comply or obey this order.” he said
Legal counsels to the state’s Attorney General and the State Government, as well as Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) declined comments when approached by journalists.
The teachers who spoke to newsmen after the court order, said they were very happy over the court's order against the state government
“It has given us hope. We hope too that the governor will obey the court order,” Zainab Sanusi, a teacher, said.

The case has been adjourned to February 6th 2018 for hearing.

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