The Kaduna Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Thursday ordered the Kaduna government to stop the proposed sack of 21,780 primary school teachers who failed its competency test, pending court injunction.
Background: The state government organised a competency test for the teachers which saw a mass failure.
In reaction, the teachers sued the government at the industrial court, asking it to restrain the government from dismissing or disengaging any teacher on the basis of the test conducted in June.
The teachers’ lawyer, Samuel Atum, also filed a motion for “interlocutory injunction”, seeking a stay of action, pending the outcome of the suit.
- Justice Lawal Mani granted the application, pending the determination of the substantive suit and adjourned the matter till February 6, 2018.
- Addressing reporters after the judgment, Atum hailed the court for granting the teachers’ prayers.
- “I have confidence that the government will comply and obey this order. This is a democracy and the premise of democracy is the rule of law. So, we expect nothing more than absolute submission by the state government to comply with the order of the court,” he said.
What we think: The teachers should just step aside and save Kaduna and the Nation by bringing a gradual reduction to the production of un-educated illiterates on the streets.
Now, these are primary school teachers, and if they eventually continue to teach the pupils to the secondary level, there is an assurance that they will turn to be one of the half-baked graduates that flock the Nigerian labour market.