President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the decision of Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai to sack 21,780 primary school teachers who failed competency test conducted by the state government recently.
The president expressed his backing at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria on Monday.
Themed: “Education in Nigeria: Challenges and prospect”, the programme was organized as an open debate on how to improve education in the country.
Buhari described as very serious ‘a situation when teachers cannot pass the examination they are supposed to teach the children to pass’.
“It is a very tragic situation we are in and this our gathering, to me, is one of the most important in this administration,” he said, applauding the Kaduna State governor for taking the bold step in tackling the decadence in the education sector in his state.
The governor’s decision has received mixed reactions since it was announced penultimate week.
President Buhari noted that the summit was crucial to his government’s desire to improve the lot of Nigerians through provision of quality and functional education at all levels, saying no nation could progress beyond the standard of its education.
“Today, it is those who acquire the most qualitative education, equipped with requisite skills and training, and empowered with practical know-how that are leading the rest.
“We cannot afford to continue lagging behind. Education is our Launchpad to a more successful, more productive and more prosperous future.
“This administration is committed to revitalizing our education system and making it more responsive and globally competitive,” he said.