Dr Aliyu Usman Tilde, the Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, has disclosed that over 700 out of 1,000 women that were trained in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have failed primary six mathematics, English and essay writing to get them employed as teachers.
Tilde said this yesterday while addressing the prospective teachers protesting in Bauchi, stressing that if the state government employ them, the future of millions of learners would be jeopardised.
According to him, some of the protesting women were among the beneficiaries of the 1000 female teachers’ training scheme, introduced in 2019. The United Nations International Children’s Education Funds (UNICEF) trained 50 of them, while Bauchi trained 950.
WikkiTimes learnt that the trainees were promised to be employed immediately as they finished their National Certificate in Education (NCE), but failed the assessment test, thus protesting why they were not employed as earlier promised.
“The government was ready to employ all of them, but only if they passed a recruitment test,” said Tilde. “We tested them on primary six maths, English and essays.”
He added: “But because of their massive failure, we came down to employing anyone who has at least 50% in maths or English and a grade C in English.”
He revealed that Governor Bala Mohammed had approved the employment of 249 people who passed their exams and scaled the recruitment interview that followed.
“They have not studied well enough, as you can see from these terrible scripts, to be sent to classrooms as teachers. They are free to say anything on social media, seek the aid of human rights groups or even go to court,” he said.
According to him, the Bauchi State government protects the rights of the helpless children whose lives would be destroyed if they (the trainees) were sent to classrooms as teachers, insisting that the future of the children would not be undermined.