Teachers in public schools in Ekiti State will now write compulsory examinations, tagged Teachers’ Development Needs Assessment (TDNA), for promotion.
But the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has opposed the policy.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Eniola Ajayi, addressed reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on last week’s State Executive Council (Exco) meeting where the decision was taken.
Dr. Ajayi said the policy would assist the government to develop and strengthen learning among pupils in public schools.
She said TDNA would help in upgrading the standard of education and enhance capacity building among teachers in public schools.
The commissioner said there would henceforth be constant assessment of teachers through examinations conducted at local government levels.
The examinations, she said, would be based on what the teachers have done on a regular basis. She said those who excel would be rewarded.
Mrs Ajayi listed the states that have been implementing similar policies. They include Kano, Jigawa, Oyo and Kwara.
She said: “The Ekiti State Government would stop at nothing to ensure that the state regains its pride of place in education.”
Rising from its State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) meeting, the teachers issued a communiqué vowing that “any attempt to forcefully impose the competence assessment or examination on teachers by the Ministry of Education would be strongly resisted and shall result in an immediate industrial action”.
The communiqué by the state NUT Chairman, Oluwole Awolusi, and Principal Assistant Secretary-General, Chief Wale Oyeniyi, said: “The SWEC-in-session rejects in its entirety the introduction or imposition of any competency examination on teachers.”
The teachers described the policy as not only humiliating but dehumanising. They vowed to defend and protect the dignity of their members and the profession.
The communiqué reads: “The body has consequently directed all principals, head masters and teachers in Ekiti State not to submit themselves to any anti-professional and inhuman competency examination.
“If the government intends to assess the training needs of teachers, questionnaires are veritable tool that could be administered to determine such training needs and is even embedded in the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APPER) forms usually completed by the prospective teachers in the service.
“We have resolved not to allow the test on our members as we cannot comprehend or decipher the motive or rationale behind the introduction of the said competency assessment for teachers.
“Majority of us had been certified and had been professionally teaching for more than 20 years.”
Findings have shown that the examinations have been slated for April 20.