Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State revealed that about 21,780 out of 33,000 teachers have failed the primary four test that aimed to test their competence.
He said: “We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examination and required they must get at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements.
“The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.
“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.
“In some local government areas, it’s a teacher pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100.”
Earlier, Dr Kunle Adekola who is the World Bank representative has expressed appreciation to the state for investing in education and for the priority given to the girl child.
He said: “This state has demonstrated and supported us to achieve our goals.”