President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed support for the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai’s planned sacking of 21,780 teachers who recently failed the competency test conducted by the state government.

Buhari made his position known at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria themed: “Education in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects.”

He described as “tragic” a situation where teachers cannot pass the examination their students should have been taught to pass.

He recalled that a Nigerian — who he refused to name — returned to his alma mater about 10 years ago and he could not differentiate between the students and their teachers.

Buhari said the summit was crucial to his administration’s desire to improve the lot of Nigerians through the provision of quality and functional education for all, at all levels.

He said the national conversation was aimed at refocusing the education sector not only to overcome the numerous challenges, but also to strengthen the Ministerial Strategic Plan that has already been developed by the ministry.

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