The Competency Test: who’s to be Blame
By king klaz
A society is progressive when its educational sector is equipped with quality personnels to handle its impartialities. If it is below par, then such civilization is heading for anarchy in the near future. Therefore, education is the key for a reason NOT because it surely opens the door to wealth BUT because it empowers you with knowledge that stays with YOU all your whole life like your shadow.
How will society survive or improve from its current state if the person who is supposed to impact knowledge in a child from their early stage(s) in life is someone who also lack the basic knowledge to tutor them? This brings us to the issue at hand in Kaduna state between the Governor Nasir El Rufai, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), parents & teachers alike in the highly dominated religion community. Problem started around October this year when about two third of primary school teachers in Kaduna State failed to score up to 75 per cent when asked to write examinations meant for primary four students. If the first sign of problem can be discovered in the most simplest of all education sector (I.e the primary level), what will the outcome of the result at the secondary & tertiary level be? YOUR GUESS IS GOOD AS MINE.
In the governor words ““We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four exams and required they must get at least 75 per cent but I’m sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements”. then added swiftly “The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state,”. A great move with good intention but before we start criticizing any of the parties involve, let’s take a critical look at the situation at hand from different angles with all the people caught up in this situation.
T.R.C.N & N.C.T
First and foremost, what is the function of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) in this matter. If the state government can complain about the competency of its teachers, then the TRCN kaduna chapter should shoulder half of the problem it caused by giving license to unqualified people who posed as teachers. Likewise the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), who are claiming they will support these teachers to go strike or protest. Its high time we call a spade a spade, its a known fact that these tutors are not qualified to be teachers. Instead of screaming foul and roaring angrily, one will expect them to address this issue and root out more unqualified or low performing members in its rank.
The State Government
The decision taken by El Rufai should be applaud but laying 22,000 people who are majority breadwinners out of job is absurd. They should have been integrated into the system back through re-orientation programs and capacity building training to curb the level of unemployment in the country. Maybe in the long run, the decision will be viewed as the right call BUT for now, it creates a divide among the people of the state as it leads to another problem. If most of the appointment had political undertone according to the governor, then all parastatal involved in recruitment and deployment should be held accountable for these misdeeds.
Being an educator is all about passion and not a regular day job where nonchalant attitude are accepted as a norm. If there is passion, the zeal to attain all the required skills will come naturally or via training for improvement. There is limit to what the government can do in that regard, so the ball is in the court of these teachers to prove they got the necessary requirement (I.e passion, skills & educational qualifications) to do the task.
A lot of people of all walks of live both through social medias, hard prints and other platform has been complaining about the competency of today tutors and also accusing the government for recruiting unqualified personnels for such sensitive position. With one finger pointed at your opponent, remember the remaining four are pointing back straight at you. For instance, what does it takes for a parent or guidance to check on their ward’s educational performance. Let’s forget the 9 – 5 working time or 24/7 days job, a nonchalant parent will always be carefree to their ward academical performance. By allowing their kids to support the protest from these disgruntled employees (Teachers), they are indirectly endorsing this carnage of substandard education in the state.