In October this year, the Kaduna State Government revealed publicly that 66 percent of the primary school teachers in the state is incompetent enough to teach the pupils. It was revealed that about 21,780 out of 33,000 Kaduna teachers failed the primary four test administered to test their competence by the state government.
We are putting these out in the court of public opinion for Nigerians to make their verdict. Here are some of the primary 4 competency test scripts conducted for primary school teachers in Kaduna State. pic.twitter.com/aMwRWPlh6f
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) November 9, 2017
As a result, the government announced that it would fire all the unqualified teachers and hire competent ones as replacement.
NO GOING BACK ON DISENGAGEMENT OF UNQUALIFIED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS!
Teachers who have served from 1-5 years would have their appointments terminated while those who served for 5 years and above would be retired compulsorily. pic.twitter.com/U7IMbAXFTW
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) November 8, 2017
However, not all Kaduna teachers were considered incompetent. On Sunday, the State Universal Education Board released the names of 11,220 teachers considered qualified to teach in public primary schools across the state. The rest are to be replaced. The teachers kicked against the move. The teachers, in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, organised a protest on Wednesday to tell the government that the move is not welcomed. The protest shut down activities in the state that day.
As a fall out of the string of events, Nigerians have taken to the social media to air their view on the matter. Many are of the opinion that the move by the state government is the best to save the future of millions of children. They argue that there won’t be any negative repercussion as those always believed to be associated with mass retrenchment of workers since replacement teachers would be employed back into the system. Some think the teachers should be re-trained while others just find the whole saga funny.
It has been claimed that more than 16,000 applications have been received so far.
As at close of work on November 7, 2017, The Kaduna SUBEB received 16,750 applications from prospective teachers. Recruitment is still on. Please apply now. pic.twitter.com/zKReHt2k8s
— Political Adviser KD (@KdPolitical) November 8, 2017
Here are some reactions presented by Nigerians on twitter
In Kaduna, the teachers who set tests & exams, mark scripts & ask students to repeat are also the ones saying, “EXAMINATION IS NOT A TRUE TEST OF KNOWLEDGE”.
Isn’t our educational system a joke? pic.twitter.com/oZRxtRURm1
— 9jaWitches 🧙♀️🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) November 9, 2017
Peter Obi was IMPEACHED for initiating core reforms in Education in Anambra.
He fought back/won. Anambra Teachers/Students are better off today that he did.
Education Reform is not an easy task but it IS NEEDED. Kaduna Govt/NUT should find solutions & NOT compromise COMPETENCE
— Juliet ‘Kego (@julietkego) November 9, 2017
I believe everyone agrees that something should be done about the unqualified teachers in Kaduna.
Where we may differ however is on “what should be done” – and outright sack as Hell-Ruffy is proposing to do with them is definitely not the right answer to that question.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) November 9, 2017
If Kaduna governemnt changes their decision to sack teachers who failed the competency test, I’ll give up on Nigeria education.
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) November 9, 2017
If you really feel for the teachers who have lost their jobs in Kaduna, you can employ them as lesson tutors for your kids. Or recommend them for your friends and family.
Shey, you can always train them as an employer.
— Ikenna-先生 (@FailedRift) November 9, 2017
Rather than sack the Kaduna teachers who failed the exams the state administered on them is it not better to train and retrain them? Why sack them and lose their years if experience?
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) November 8, 2017
I have mulled this over in my mind. What the Kaduna State teachers who could not score up to 75% in the Primary 4 test they were made to take need is not training. Training scales up what you already know. What they need is to be sent back to restart Primary School.
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) November 9, 2017
Good initiative Kaduna. It takes alot to be a teacher.
Let’s have teachers with passion not teachers that had to settle for a job because they didn’t get the job they wanted.
— TheRealHoney (@thereal_honey_) November 9, 2017
After you engage new and qualified teachers, there has to be a conveyor belt that produces Qualified teachers. The Kaduna College of Education should be part of your plan. Infrastructure has to be improved. Pupils sitting on the floor is a No No. Then work on enrollment and
— BabaAlaje (@SunkanmiShams) November 9, 2017
Governance is not just about doing what is popular but what is right. So long Kaduna state replaces unqualified teachers with qualified ones in a transparent way, the gain is for the state and will outlive @elrufai
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) November 9, 2017
There is nothing wrong in sacking 20,00 unqualified teachers rubbishing the future of our kids and employing 20,000 qualified teachers from same KADUNA who will secure our children future!
— Ayekooto (@DeeOneAyekooto) November 9, 2017
I served in Kaduna, 1st at NN & later at Govt Sec. Sch. Geshere, Saminaka-Lere Zone where I painstakingly took English & Literature classes (JS3-SS3). I had to organise free private classes for the school’s full time English teachers. Education in the North needs radical reforms!
— ‘JideAluko (@JideAluko) November 9, 2017
So, the livelihoods of the 22,000 unqualified Kaduna teachers are more important to you than the millions of children they are teaching…😩😩😩😩😩
— Sidney (@sidramatic1) November 9, 2017
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Hushpuppi’s death BY Sam Omatseye
It is Ramon Abbas he bears. Even that name puzzles. Some reports anglicise his first name as Raymond. But it is Hushpuppi we know, poetic, lyrical and even symbolic. Hush implies silent, furtive, conspiratorial, shadowy. Puppy, in this regard, means playful like a week-old dog. That makes him a sly dog.New Orleans
But then it has other origin stories. Some others date it back to the founding of New Orleans that gives the world Mahdi Gras, an unhinged carnival for pilgrims of pleasure. An immigrant woman invented a snack of a ball out of cornmeal and the city called it hushpuppy. Their own incarnation of akara. Even then, Abbas’ nickname is spelt ending with an i instead of a y.
The one picture that has trended of late features him in a shirt sporting a familiar brand Fendi. But another brand had been stalking him like a forest cat, slinking, longsuffering and calculating. It was a brand as counterforce: FBI. Nabbed in Dubai but caught in the United States, the sojourn of a colourful conman comes to an end. Behind bars, he will wear neither Gucci nor LV, but an orange top that will, at best, say INMATE.
Now he is no more Hushpuppi. He is now Abbas. He buried his real name in a casket of lies and deceit. He was reborn a glamour icon, one-named, abandoned home, and became a global Smart Alec. He was a man of means with no means of livelihood. He conquered cyberspace, dispossessed the gullible, stashed his global bank account, strutted the world, amassed dream cars, snored in palaces, dressed like a fop, preened like a peacock, seduced the young and befuddled the old.
He became a role model to a lazy generation that lapped luxury without labour. When he was caught, the FBI buried Hushpuppi and rebirthed Abbas. But where is the real Abbas though? Can he recognise Ramon again? He cannot. Like Sophocles’ Antigone, he “neither dwells among men nor ghosts.” He is in a dazed world, a wraith. He died twice; he is born again a jailbird, his third life. He was reckless. Now he is a wreck.
But Abbas is a tale for the moment, if in reverse. He was caught trying to denude a group of people in millions of dollars in palliatives in a time of pandemic. Abbas is a picture of avarice at a time of sacrifice. He was flaunting his shoes, cars, mansion, parties at a time when many hid behind homes, suffered in hospitals, coughed in misery, mourned or were mourned. He represented a heartless species when we were supposed to be our neighbours’ keepers, when many were suddenly whisked out of work.
When his fellow country folks lost their jobs, and men of means contributed their millions and billions to the poor, Abbas was a show-off. The thing with Abbas was no lockdown could stop his party. His extravagance was online. The world was his audience. He flourished and frolicked in real time and space, but his fans joined him virtually. His was a voyeur’s paradise. The young gawped and gawked, followed him, and commented. When they cursed, they did it out of smouldering admiration. He had come to represent a generation of Nigerians who did not trust their parents or their bosses or their leaders. They followed their greed. They followed Hushpuppi. He was a priest of a new goddess: money.
Abbas for them was a sort of escape. He had become the man who gamed the system and scored. All the stadia in the world applauded. They are like the character of the English novel Billy Liar, a young man who lived in his imagination where he had attained power, wealth and glory, although he had nothing other than living from paycheck to paycheck. Abbas embodied that escape for them. They lived in Hushpuppi. They wore his Fendi, lived in his palace, flew in his jet, caroused his women, or were his women, they sat in the driver’s seat of his Ferrari and Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.
Here fellow Nigerians had no chance to host Owambes. Weddings and birthdays and funerals have been pruned to parlors and backyards. It is a time for humility, and it was only proper that the man who countered it be caught and put away.
These days no one has anywhere to go with Gucci shoes. No first class tickets to buy to London and take pictures for online vanity. No one has a chance to pile pockets with dollars and pounds to spray a celebrant. Those with big cars cannot drive them to anywhere for displays. No extravagances for the Mephistophelean or the harmless show man. The worst we can do is dress up at home, and flaunt it to our child or wife or husband, like Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectation who dressed every day for years in her wedding clothes and died in it without leaving her home.
Those with special cars only warm their engines and drive around the neighbourhood. These times are revealing our material constipation. Abbas, the man of constipation, has now left the building, his bowels rumbling with faecal waste.
Things are upside down. Those who see churches and mosques as avenues for amassing wealth are crowing that they want people together but they are tempting the Lord. It is possible that Abbas had some of these men of God praying for him, and he may be taking from this stolen money to feather the house of God. It is an irony we have people like this thriving when we hear men of God preaching. The point though is that this is an age where the Word of the Lord is trading places with the wealth of the Word. Quite a few churches give precedence to material splendor. It is a different kind of hypocrisy from a war-time play Mother Courage where Brecht says, “Whenever there’s a load of special virtues around, it means something stinks.”
Abbas epitomises the Yahoo Boys, and his fall is their fall. It is a comeuppance for a tribe of desperadoes who have demonised technological genius. The new frontier of progress is also their front for fraud.
It is not for nothing that he has been associated with some of our big-name politicians, even if they had nothing in common. He has had photo-ops with a few of them. If he were not Hushpuppi but merely Ramon Abbas, we might not have seen such pictures.
But our politicians have one quality in common with him: impunity. Where leaders promise and turn back on their word, it is as bad a lie as a Hushpuppi popping up on a person’s email and asking for one piece of information and turning the email into an opportunity to stalk and destroy. They are the monitoring spirits of the internet. They get the person’s account and they empty it.
We also see our politicians take away our money when others have nothing. Fraud is now familiar terrain of politicians. To be a politician is to seek avenue for self-service, not service to all. But the arrest of Abbas is hope, but not enough. It shows even the new frontier can be stalked and the crime encircled and ended. Our people are not doing well enough to catch those who are well-off by wrong means. A few have been caught. We want more.
Abbas is caught today, and no one is hailing him. His audience is now jeering. He is like Jay Gatsby in Scot Fitzgerald’s novel. He acquires his fable of wealth to get back a woman, and buys a big mansion just like Hushpuppi. Every neighbour comes to his frequent parties but not the woman he craves. He eventually dies alone and poor. Everybody comes to his parties but no one goes to his funeral. Abbas is alone now. So is Hushpuppi. Abbas looks on as no one comes to Hushpuppi’s funeral. Hushpuppi’s frozen eyes look without seeing as Abbas goes behind bars.
2023 isn’t Igbo’s turn for presidency — it’s Nigerians’ BY Fredrick Nwabufo
How much progress has Nigeria made with its ethnic-motility politics? Since 1999, we have had presidents of different ethnic extractions – Yoruba, Fulani, and Ijaw – who were largely elected on the portfolio of ethnicity and religion rather than on the content of their minds? But how have we fared?
The Obasanjo administration despite investing billions of dollars, estimated to be around $16 billion, in the power sector, did not crack a fire; the country is still trolled by the undersupply of electricity. And subsequent administrations, including the current one are yet to find the X of the power problem. Other sectors – health and education — suffer the same kismet.#
“Turn-by-turn presidency’’, which is strictly based on ethnicity and religion, will not turn around our ruined fortunes. The 2015 mistake was the fallout of this deprecating ‘’na-our-turn’’ arrangement. Becoming the president of the most populous black nation in the 21st century is not by character, qualifications, accomplishments, competence, and integrity but by the emulsion of ethnicity and religion. Tragic!
We cannot make progress this way.
Yes. I know I once made an argument for a president of Igbo extraction in 2023. My position was that we have to create a system which will engender unity, justice and fairness for all citizens. But this does not negate the very important place of competence for leadership. Competence trounces every other consideration in the checklist of leadership.
As a matter of fact, the current arrangement exacerbates corruption because whatever leadership that is trumped up by this orthodoxy will see power not as a means to build the nation, but as an avenue to corner resources to its own part of the country. That is what is happening now.
We have an administration, which without scruples and with defiance, peopled the security architecture with 97 percent of officers from a section of the country. And we have a president who has not flinched in letting everyone know that the section of the country which gave him 97 percent vote must be treated better than the section which gave him ‘’five per cent’’ vote. This is the consequence of ‘’turn-by-turn’’ political ordering.
We are likely to make the same mistakes of 2015 and 2019 in 2023 if we persist on this patched path.
This brings me to the question: What is really our national interest? Do we have a national interest? Or are there disparate interests? In essence, Hausa interest, Igbo interest, Yoruba interest and Christian/Muslim interest? Perhaps, our national interest is dependent on the religious or ethnic background of the leadership of the day. Whichever way it swings, it is predicated on the primordial.
Our ethnically-charged selection process influences all aspects of our national life. At a time of grave insecurity, there is no urgency to curb the incursion of armed herders from outside the country. This is despite reports that some of the bandits terrorising the country are foreigners from Niger Republic. The reasoning is that the leadership of the day is dithering because of the umbilical cord of ethnicity.
The way forward for us is obviously not ethnic politics, which has held us down for years. As I said in my previous article, ‘We must renounce our tribal identities; I’m Nigerian Not Igbo’, we must begin to erode ‘’tribal identities’’ and to build the ‘’Nigerian identity’’ to make progress as one country.
We need a Nigerian leadership to foster a sense of nationhood among the variegated peoples of the country. The more we emphasise ethnicity and religion in our politics the further we are divided along these devious lines.
Nigerians need a Nigerian president in 2023 not — an Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa or Fulani president — a leader who has been tested with responsibility and leadership; a president for all. These people are not in short supply here.
Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist
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