Fake Certificates: NUT Supports Sacking Of State Teachers In Kaduna

The Kaduna State chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT has supported the state government’s decision to sack 233 teachers alleged to have been working with fake certificates.

Chairman of the Union Ibrahim Dalhatu told journalists in Kaduna that the union would not defend any teacher with fake certificates.

Dalhatu, while commenting on the competency test for public primary school teachers, said the union’s decision not to participate in the test had not changed. According to him, only the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN has the mandate to test and certify a professional teacher and not any state government agency. He explained that Union will participate in any test if the Kaduna SUBEB wants to assess the performance of members and should follow them to the class and assess them while they are teaching pupils.

The NUT National Executive Council had on November 18 ordered its members in Kaduna State not to participate in the competency test organised by the state government.

Deputy National President of the union Kelvin Nwankwo, who gave the order, insisted that teachers’ competence had been proved by various accredited universities and colleges of education. According to him, the NUT affirms and relies on the provisions of Section 1 of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN Act 2004, which made provisions for the regulation and control of the teaching profession.