Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna is about to replace 21,780 teachers for failing competency test made up of questions they set for their six-year-old pupils.
The teachers who make up two-thirds of the entire pupil teacher population in the state scored below 75% in the test.
The State governor Nasir El-Rufai said they will be sacked and 25,000 new teachers will be recruited to do their job.
The mass failure was condemned by Nigerians online who think it is a national problem that needs to be tackled to safeguard the future of the children.
Conduct same among primary school teachers all over the country & see same kind of mess! Many thriving countries pick their best to teach.— Tunde (@ogbenibabalola) October 11, 2017
It is a very serious issue. And as long as we are expecting a bright future, we must tackle it. We must— Boye (@boye_dele) October 11, 2017
Here is a copy of the test that the 21,780 pupil teachers failed. It was posted by a Twitter user Jubril Aremu Gawat.
Can you score above 75% on this test in 2 hours, 30 minutes?
Below are reactions from some Nigerians about the test questions
Those questions weren't all as easy as portrayed by the media.I won't score 100% too, who can? I don't think teachers should fail it though.— PhatonikTechnologies (@PhatonikTech) October 11, 2017
No One Expected You To Score 100% But If You Score Less Than 70% Then I Can't Trust You With Teaching My Children Anything. Fair Right?— Daniel Dalyop (@alutadarf) October 11, 2017
…Fair enough… They should be able to conveniently score over 70% (even over 80%) in any test based on a syllabus they currently teach…— PhatonikTechnologies (@PhatonikTech) October 11, 2017
Infact the teachers should refund all the salaries they have collected in the last 3 years.— Temidayo O Olawole (@TemidayoOlawole) October 11, 2017
They have been perpetrating fraud the while.
The primary teacher who failed this should first be flogged, detained for 1months before being fired.This is not even near #LoyolaJesuitTest— AYANLOLA ABDULJELIL (@owolabitaiwo) October 11, 2017
Abeg make the schools wey the teachers attend withdraw their certificates from them.— Sani Bashir (@BashEya) October 11, 2017
This is total disgrace.
Kaduna NUT is pleading with the state government to bring down the cut off from 75% to 60%.— Temidayo O Olawole (@TemidayoOlawole) October 11, 2017
This is most appalling for a primary 4 Test.
Any body that is against the sacking is an enemy of the nation— Umar Aminu (@umartsula) October 11, 2017
I hope private school teachers also took that all -important test!— Ugana Majin (@MajinUgana) October 12, 2017