Yesterday, Twitter Nigeria was divided over El Rufai’s decision to sack 22,000 Primary School Teachers who had failed the Kaduna state Competency test. Half were in favour of retraining the teachers and the other half adamant that the teachers are completely useless.
Why will you suggest training as a remedy? This is a matter of competency and the student's destiny are at stake here. A teacher that can not pass a primary four test should be given uniform, school bags and probably lunch box. They need to start afresh.
— Asiricomedy (@Asiricomedy) November 9, 2017
You cannot give what you don’t have.
You cannot explain what you don’t understand.
Someone who cannot read&write cannot TEACH a child how to read&write.
If U couldn't answer a question, U shouldn't test/score a CHILD on same.
A TEACHER is expected be a GURU to his/her students.
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) November 10, 2017
As for El Rufai, he put his foot down and released some answer scripts for the public to judge.
“Many times, the decisions we take offer us no political advantages in a polity long accustomed to the false allure of populism. But we do what is necessary, not minding the direct impact on us…” –@elrufai pic.twitter.com/LnAwBsxtGe
— Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) November 9, 2017
The only concession the Governor has offered the teachers who failed is a second chance to reapply when the state government conducts fresh tests to recruit new teachers. Mark Essien now touts El Rufai as the solution we need for 2019. And we can’t help but wonder if this is the long game being played.
Let me explain why I think El Rufai is the type of leader Nigerian needs: the country needs someone with a strong hand, who is intelligent and well educated. And that person must not be afraid to step on toes to do the right thing.
— Mark Essien (@markessien) November 10, 2017
👏 for yourself. pic.twitter.com/cJPEIRiP0X
— Enenim (@EnenimUbon) November 10, 2017
Lol, this was the endgame all along… https://t.co/uAyz7yuZMp
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) November 10, 2017
Not so fast. Time will tell.