The Kaduna State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has said that the scripts recently released by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, were those of messengers and carpenters who the Governor forcefully converted to Teachers when he assumed Office.
In an interview with Newsmen in Zaria, the Chairman of NUT, Zaria Chapter, Yahaya Abbas, said that this was discovered following investigations by members of the union.
“We were disturbed when we saw those scripts. This was why we investigated. You may recall that El-Rufai has directed the conversion of all redundant Staff in the Local Education Authorities to Teachers.
Among those converted were messengers, carpenters, labourers, security personnel among others. We were made to write the exam in question with those people.
Our investigation revealed that candidate number EKUB 0059 displayed by El-Rufai, was a carpenter in Kubau Local Government before he was forcefully taken to class. Candidate number EKUB 2839 was a messenger in the same Local Government.
If you remember, all attempts to draw the attention of the Government on the implication of their action fell on deaf ears. Again, those that marked this exam are the illiterates, because even these candidates with their limited knowledge have answered some of the questions correctly but they were marked wrong.”
This was in response to the State Governor’s release of some of the scripts of the ‘Teachers’ who failed the Competency Test conducted in the State. Teachers staged a protest in the State, and demanded that the plan to sack those who failed should be aborted.
The question is, if those people are really carpenters and messengers, then what exactly are the Teachers fighting for?