Buhari has thrown his
weight behind the move
by Kaduna State governor,
Nasir el-Rufai, to sack 21,780
teachers who failed the
competency test conducted
by the state government.
The plan of the state
government had sparked
controversy, with many
calling on the governor to
back down because of the
economic implication on the
affected civil servants.
But speaking at a special
retreat of the Federal
Executive Council, FEC, on
the challenges facing the
education sector yesterday,
Buhari said it was no longer
a secret that the sector was
in crisis.
The president said
the effect of decay in
the education sector is
glaring, vowing that his
administration would
change the situation for the
“Being an orphan, I still
feel that boarding school
moulded me. I spent nine
year in boarding school,
three in primary school and
six in secondary school.
“In those days, teachers
treat students like their
own children. If you did
well, they will tell you, you
didn’t, they wouldn’t spare
the rod.
“When I finished my
secondary school, I didn’t
work for a day, I refused to
work for a day. I left home,
I refused to work in the
local government, and then
I joined the army.
“And then I listened to one
of the Nigerians I respect,
he said after his training
here in Nigeria and the
United States, he went to
his alma mater, his primary
school to see what he could
contribute. I won’t mention
his name but when he went,
he couldn’t differentiate
between the students, the
children and the teachers.
“And what el-Rufai is
trying to do now is exactly
what that man told me
about 10 years ago. It is
a very serious situation
when teachers cannot pass
the examination that they
are supposed to teach the
children. It is a very tragic
situation we are in, and this
our gathering is one of the
most important ones in this

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