- The mass layoff prompted a protest on November 8.
- President Buhari approved the dismissal despite strong opposition from labour unions.
- Many of the teachers are secondary school certificate holders.
- The president said that with the rot in the education sector, drastic measures had become necessary to salvage the situation.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the sacking of 21,000 teachers who failed a primary school examination.
President Buhari approved the dismissal despite strong opposition from labour unions.
The examination was conducted by the Kaduna State government for 33,000 teachers, as part of its education reform.
President Buhari endorsed the sacking at the opening of a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on Education, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
Kaduna Governor Nasir El Rufa’i came under attacks recently, especially from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), over the action on the teachers, many of who are secondary school certificate holders.
The mass layoff prompted a protest on November 8.
However, President Buhari described the situation as "very, very serious’’ and said "it is bad that teachers cannot pass the exams that they are supposed to teach the children’’.