It appears the dead are coming back to life in Kaduna State.

Otherwise, how could deceased and retired teachers, messengers and security personnel be listed among "teachers" that passed the test conducted for primary school teachers in Kaduna State?

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) made the revelation on Tuesday in Zaria.

Malam Yahaya Abbas, NUT Chairman in Zaria Local Government, was reacting to a mass protest by primary school pupils in Sabon-Gari.

The pupils were protesting against the sack of 21,000 teachers said to have scored less than 75 per cent in a test set for them.

"The result of the examination showed that only three or four teachers passed in many schools.

"In some schools, retired teachers and teachers that died a long time ago were among those that passed.

"The list of successful teachers sent to some schools also included names of their messengers and security personnel," he alleged.

The NUT chairman also claimed that names of senior staff, especially those on level 14 and above, were absent from among those that passed, raising the suspicion that the government was only out to sack them so as to reduce cost.

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Also reacting to the protest, NUT Chairman, Sabon Gari Local Government, Malam Rabi’u Usman, described the action of the pupils as their "personal opinion not influenced by anybody".

He said, however, that the children's action was "a right step in the right direction", and called on government to "do something urgently to save the situation".

Usman said that the union was not opposed to the examination, but was against the pass mark of 75%, declaring that there was no examination with such a high pass mark.

The chairman appealed to the government to rescind its decision to sack the teachers before the expiration of the union’s ultimatum, or face the consequences.

Making comments about the protest, Governor Nasir El-Rufia, condemned the use of pupils for protests, insisting that the State government was investigating the issue and would not hesitate to take legal actions against anyone found guilty of 'reckless endangerment of minors'.

"Primary pupils are not union members rather they are victims of bad teachers who do not mind making them cannon fodder for their desperation.

"Nobody in Kaduna State will be allowed to play politics with the future of our children, their education and their safety," he wrote on Twitter.


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