Sacked teachers: Kaduna NLC vows to fight on …El-Rufai says no going back

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as vowed to force the Kaduna State Government to reverse its decision to sack over 21,000 primary school teachers in the state.

Chairman, Kaduna chapter of the NLC, Adamu Ango, made this known to our correspondent in the state capital on Thursday.

The NLC,  led by its President, Ayuba Wabba, had on Wednesday protested the sacking of the teachers and demanded that the state government rescind its decision.

The development brought the state  to a halt as the protest paralysed social and economic activities in the metropolis.

But, in its reaction, the state government had on Wednesday declared that there was no going back on the dismissal of the teachers, whom it considered unfit to teach in its primary schools across the state.

Adamu Mansur, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, had,  in a statement, noted that no threat or intimidation could force the government from carrying out the ongoing reforms in the state.

While condemning the protest, Mansur reiterated the resolve of the state to quality education, saying the state, “would not be derailed by the agitation of the 21,000 unqualified teachers.”

He argued that the Nasir el-Rufai administration stood firm on the long-term interest of the two million primary school pupils and not in the interest of the failed teachers.

He added that nothing would deter the government from recruiting qualified teachers while the failed ones were disengaged with their full entitlements as specified in their terms of service.

He said the process of recruiting 25,000 new teachers was on course.

The permanent secretary had said, “The Kaduna State Government wishes to thank the public for supporting its quest to deliver quality education in public schools. This includes recruiting qualified teachers for the public primary schools. So far, more than 17,000 applications have been received by the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board and more are expected before the deadline of 19th November, 2017.

“The government today reviewed the situation in primary schools across the state. This review included a meeting with the Executive Secretaries of all the 23 local government education authorities. Government is satisfied that a majority of the primary schools in the state are functioning as normal.”

However, on Thursday, the Chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the NLC, Mr. Adamu Ango, told our correspondent vie a text message that labour had its ways of bringing government to its knees.

“The Nigeria Labour Congress has its ways of pressing our demand no matter the stiffest measures of government.

“We are aware and our line of action will be made known in due course.”

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state had given the government a two-week ultimatum to rescind its decision to sack the 21,780 primary school teachers who failed the primary four competency test.

The Kaduna NUT Chairman, Audu Amba, who announced the decision of the teachers, said failure of government to rescind its action would force them to emabark on indefinite strike beginning from November 23.

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