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JUST IN: Jigawa Teachers Clash with Education Board Chairman over Aptitude Test

Aggrieved teachers under the J-Teach program in Jigawa State almost lynched their chairman, Professor Haruna Musa, at the Federal University Dutse (FUD). The incident occurred during an aptitude test for the recruitment of 3,000 teachers.

The enraged teachers, mostly youths, also blocked the entrance to the Government House, preventing Governor Umar Namadi from attending the national conference on Zakkat and Waq’fiq at the Manpower Development Institute, a mere stone’s throw away from the Government House.

The teachers, numbering in the thousands, accused the chairman of attempting to replace them with candidates from politicians and privileged individuals despite being on the verge of securing permanent and pensionable appointments.

J-Teach association secretary Comrade Abbas Muazu Aujara explained, “We, the teachers recruited under the J-Teach program initiated by former Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, have undergone rigorous screening, examinations, and interviews over the past two years. Out of over 5,000 applicants, only 3,000 were selected and deployed to primary and junior secondary schools, where we have been diligently teaching since then.”

“Current Governor Umar Namadi recognized our efforts and promised us permanent and pensionable appointments. The Ministry of Basic Education, through the State Basic Education Board, even re-screened and re-documented us. All that remains is for us to receive our official appointments and be integrated into the State Intergrade Payroll for Public Information System Management (IPPISM),” Aujara continued.

“To our dismay, instead of receiving our appointments, we were informed of another aptitude test and screening, just days after completing a round of screening.”

The protesting teachers also stormed the Government House, disrupting the planned event and leaving five first-class emirs and other dignitaries stranded.

Senator Mustapha Makama Kiyawa, Chief of Staff Government House, later received the aggrieved teachers and assured them of justice. He promised to convey their grievances to Governor Namadi.

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