The National Industrial Court sitting in Kaduna ordered the Kaduna State government to stop the planned sack of 21,000 primary school teachers who failed the controversial competency test.
In his bid to sanitize the education sector in the state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had resolved to lay-off the teachers after they failed the test they administered to primary four pupils.
Governor El-Rufai’s decision to sack the errant teachers and replace them with new ones had sparked protests in the state, which also led to a nationwide debate over the suitability of the test and its role in revamping the education sector.
The Kaduna state teachers had in October dragged the state government before the National industrial court, asking the court to restrain Gov El-Rufai from sacking any teacher on the basis of the test.
Samuel Atum, the lawyer who represented the teachers, had on October 30, 2017 filed a motion of “interlocutory injunction”, asking the court to restrain the Nasir El Rufai-led government from dismissing or disengaging any teacher on the basis of the test conducted in June 2017.
At the resumed hearing, Justice Lawal Mani granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit, he further adjourned the case to February 6th, 2018, Daily Trust writes.
Speaking with newsmen after the court session, the plaintiff’s counsel lauded the court for granting their order against the mass recruitment plans of the state government.
“This is democracy and the premise of democracy is the rule of law, so we expect nothing more than absolute submission by the state government to comply with the order of the court,” Mr Atum said.
“I have confidence that the government will comply or obey this order.”
The court ruling came as music to hundreds of Teachers present at the court as they were seen celebrating and congratulating themselves.