The Kaduna State government has recruited another 13,606 primary school teachers in addition to the 11,395 earlier recruited; the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Malam Ja’afaru Sani, said.
The new 13,606 teachers are those who succeeded in the second phase recruitment exercise of teachers to replace the over 21,000 teachers that were sacked last year for their inability to pass the competency test conducted by government.
It would be recalled that the state government sacked 21,780 teachers who failed an examination conducted to test their competency, which prompted the state government to begin to shop for 25,000 new and qualified teachers to replace those that failed. The state government had in March, 2018 recruited and deployed the first set of 11,395 teachers to over 4,000 public primary schools in the 23 local government areas of the state.
According to the commissioner, among this last batch of teachers recruited is a PhD holder, 8,494 first degree holders while the remaining are holders of National Certificate in Education (NCE).
He further mentioned that the state government had begun implementation of free education for 191,445 girls in the public secondary schools as directed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai; a development he said will cost the government N143.6million per term, amounting to N430.791million yearly.
This gesture, according to the commissioner will significantly increase enrolment and retention of the girl-child in school.