The issue of competency tests for teachers has divided opinions for the past few weeks after 21,780 primary school teachers in Kaduna State who failed a competency test organised by the state government were sacked by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Of the 33,000 primary school teachers who sat for the examination conducted by the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), only 11,220 passed the exercise.
Now, the Bayelsa State government has announced its plan to conduct a competency test for school teachers in the state.
The state governor, Seriake Dickson made the disclosure at a two-day meeting of the Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council in Yenagoa, the state capital.
According to a press statement signed by his media aide, Francis Agbo, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the test will be compulsory for all the primary and secondary school teachers in the state.
His statement read, “A bill will be forwarded to the State House of Assembly to make it compulsory for teachers at the primary and secondary school levels to undergo some forms of assessment as part of their qualifications to teach in the state.”