PRESIDENT Muhammadu
Buhari and Vice President
Yemi Osinbajo on Monday
attended the special retreat
of the Federal Executive
Council (FEC) to review the
problems in the education
sector.
The president described
as very serious, a situation
where teachers could not
pass the examination that
they are supposed to teach
the children.
President Buhari who

spoke at a special retreat of
the Federal Executive Counicl
(FEC) endorsed the primary
education reforms being
carried out by Governor Nasir
El-Rufai of Kaduna state.
“It is a very tragic situation
we are in, and this our
gathering is one of the
most important ones in this
administration.”
“ 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.
The president said the effect
of decay in the education sector
was glaring, vowing that his
administration would change
the situation for the better.
“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.’’
As part of the reforms,
Kaduna state carried out an
assessment test on all its 33,000
primary school teachers to
determine their suitability as
teachers.
No fewer than 21,000 of
the teachers fail to score the
mandatory 75 per cent of the
primary four examination
administered.
El-Rufai has therefore
decided to fire all the teachers
that failed and to replace
them.
The organised labour
is currently inflamed by
the decision of Kaduna
government, but the
government warned that
there was no going back in
the interest of posterity.

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