Teachers in Kaduna State and the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, have continued to have a running battle of the planned competency test by the state government. Governor El-Rufai had scheduled a competency test for the teachers in Kaduna to verify their qualifications for the positions they occupy in the state. Reports state that the government had scheduled the competency test to hold in December 2021 for primary school teachers. However, the national executive council of the Nigeria Union Teacher (NUT) has called on union members to shun the test. The national president of the union, Kelvin Nwankwo advised their members in primary schools not to sit for the test. He also said that the union’s executive is behind the decision of its Kaduna state wing on the matter.
Nwankwo noted that the teachers’ competencies have already been proved by various accredited universities and colleges of education across the country before they were all employed. Reports state that Section 1(d) Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Act, CAP.T3 LFN 2004, has already made provisions for the regulation and control of the teaching profession. Nwankwo said that teachers across Nigeria are available and willing to participate in refresher courses, workshops and training that could fill knowledge gaps in their various areas of specialisation.He added: “However, we are opposed to any political ploy aimed at easing teachers out of service, with the pretext that such teachers had failed examinations.”