Workers in Kaduna State haven taken to the streets of the state capital to protest against the state government’s decision to sack over 21,000 teachers that failed competency test.
The workers led by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), President, Ayuba Wabba are demanding that the government should rescind its decision or have the entire labour force to contend with.
The workers defied the ban on street protests in the state and turned out in large numbers, carrying placards with various inscriptions on major roads and causing traffic gridlock.
They also marched to the Kaduna State House of Assembly complex to lodge their complain to the lawmakers.
Over 21, 780 teachers in June, failed the competency test based on primary four exam questions. About 33,000 teachers took the test.
Speaking at the NLC secretariat, the workers argued that government has no constitutional powers to organise such examination for teachers, saying only the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has the mandate to do so.
The workers gave the state government two weeks to cancel the planned dismissal of teachers, or face a massive shutdown.
Wabba assured the protesting teachers that the leadership of the NLC will support them and ensure that they get what they deserved from the state government.