Several Nigerian Teachers Failed Primary Test

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari (R) welcomes Liberia president George Weah (L)

-Will Some of them form part of the contingent to Liberia?

In the wake of President George Weah’s request for Nigeria to send 6000 teachers to Liberia, the country’s Punch Newspaper has reported that out of 33, 000 teachers 21, 780 failed the primary four test administered to analyze the teachers’ competence by the Kaduna State government.

Following his request for 6000 Nigerian teachers to come to Liberia, President Weah on Monday said political change was meaningless without development, prosperity and growth; therefore the coming of the teachers was necessary to fill the ‘educational void.’

Weah made the statement while addressing State House correspondents, following the end of a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said he was in Nigeria on a mission of gratitude and respect for the roles that Buhari and Nigerians had played in maintaining peace and stability in the West African sub-region, particularly in Liberia.

Although Nigeria’s economy is the largest in Africa and the country has the most powerful army in the sub-region, President Weah said “the country has never used its wealth and military prowess to expand its territory, threaten its neighbors, or destabilize any sovereign nation in the region.”

He said Liberia needed Nigeria’s support to jump-start its economy.

President Weah noted that Nigerian teachers and medical volunteers, under the Technical Assistance Corps Agreement with Liberia, had been crucial in boosting human capacity development in Liberia.

Weah expressed the hope that the assistance could be considerably increased to address his country’s most pressing socioeconomic needs at this time.

He added, “More specifically, under the Bilateral Teacher Exchange Program, we are seeking 6,000 plus teachers to make up for the shortage of good teachers in our educational system.”

But following the failure of the 21, 780 Nigerian teachers, the Punch newspaper has reported that Kaduna State is shopping for about 25,000 new teachers as it plans to restore dignity and quality to education. Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State unveiled the planned recruitment when he received a World Bank’s delegation in Kaduna in October last year.

“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examination and required they must get at least 75 percent, but I am sad to announce that 66 percent of them failed to get the requirements,” el-Rufai said.

Governor el-Rufai added, “The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.”

He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio. “We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.

“In some local government areas, there’s a teacher- pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100. It is sad that our teachers failed an examination which we expected them to pass convincingly, 100 percent. Unfortunately, the majority of them couldn’t even get 75 per cent.

It is really sad, teachers who you think had passed their primary and secondary schools’ examination and went through the National training,” the Governor declared.

Up to press time last night, it was not clear whether Nigeria would send such a huge number of her teachers, to include some of those who failed the examination.


  1. The Tubman University had benefitted from the Teachers’ program with Nigeria. When we opened TU in 2009, it was a blessing to have had 5 qualified instructors from Nigeria. At a time when it was difficult for some Liberian teachers to leave Monrovia, the Nigerian teachers coming removed some of the load from those of us who made the sacrifice to go to Harper in order to open TU. It was not easy! I am proud to be counted among the pioneers who braved the storm, despite the conditions at that time. We were encouraged by the students who were eager to learn. The appreciated our efforts and support.
    Mr. President, that is a good move, but try and get housing prepared in order to accommodate our guests. GOD BLESS!

  2. It is true one like me advocated for begging for knwoledge instead of money this time around. But I never said this Government should import so many Nigerians whom credentials we can not even check properly.

    It make sense for us to ask the Nigerians, Ghanians, and Cubans, and Kenyans Government for some intellectuals who can help us in the teacher`s training institutions to improved Liberian teachers in Science/Technologies, and Mathematics` subjects. But with that been said, the Government must improved salaries scheme, and buy books, lap equipments, and other school`s materials.

    Parents must be teaching their children home. Parents and school must work together helping the children to learned. Parents have responsibility.
    This is fact.
    The Nigerians might even make things worse. However, importing few Nigerians to help in Colleges across Liberia is another case, as compared to for example, from first grade to 12th grade. We saw them during the war selling arms to rebels, looting people properties, digging gold, and raping children.

    Today we got 60.000 bastard children all around the place. Moreover, If these people can give us 500-1000 teachers/expertise each to teach Science/ Technologies and Mathematics it should be making sense than bringing in so many Nigerians. Nigerians are not so easy to deal with.

    And why only Nigerians? Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate or more sound educated people in the entire Africa. How will there even be competition among they (The imported teachers)? Let also remember, they supposed to be more educated and experienced as compared, or more than Liberians at home. You can not bring in foreigners with high school certificates and pay him/her more money while you under-paying a Liberian in his own Country. It is not possible! Let look at things with critical minds.

    The Weah Government should instead be begging different Countries like Cuba, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe inclusively for them to help us in the teacher`s traning institutes to build our Liberians teachers skills and capacity. Liberians must be given the chance and opportunity to build Liberia.

    Our cultural values, traditions all must be thought to our young generations. Therefore, making them class-rooms teachers will not help us, but rather they (Imported teachers/expertise) helping us to improved our teachers already on the ground, through the teachers training institutions by providing some courses.
    Let also remember that Nigeria too is suffering and lacking qualified teachers in many of her schools across Nigeria. This is why it makes sense to diversified or ask other Countries, not one.

    Nation-building takes years. There is no fast or quick solutions. It took Europe almost 30 years to rebuild herself after World War II. Rome was not built in a day, but it was bulit by the Romans themselves.

  3. Our President has to stop going about seeking help from everyone. We Liberians should not continue relying on others to do for us what we can and should do for ourselves. (After all, others have their own problems too.) This strategy of TOTAL DEPENDENCE on others for Liberia’s revival and development risks exposing the already “sick” country to further ridicule, exploitation, and failure. Soon enough, being Beggar-in-Chief will compromise our sovereignty, weaken our voice, and diminish our influence in the forums of the world. Let us get serious, roll up our sleeves, and begin the hard work of nation building. No more time to play or to beg.

  4. The president decision was not bad but my fear here is these are people you can easily trust them,some of them are good for doing the wrong things like selling drugs.And secondly he should have putting in measures like building housing unit for those of them that will come and who will pay these people because he took over a broke country.

  5. Nigeria has 36 states and the failure of teachers tested in one state does not speak volume. President Weah should be commended and Liberians should be grateful for such moves of the president.

    Nigeria has always come to our rescue and we should not feel otherwise of our presidents good intentions.

  6. Changing Liberia’s Education formats from “The American Mode” to whatever else; is a big mistake. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the American Mode. It’s second to NONE. The U.S attracts more people, seeking educational opportunities than any other Nation. First solution for Liberia’s Education Problems; go back to the U.S’ mode. Any request to boost Liberia’s Education System, should emphasize Science. That’s where Liberia needs help-most…

  7. I can’t not agree with you less Mr. Freeman. Liberia has enormous shortage of science discipline that is paramount to any country development. I recommend that the government build upon science and art where more emphasis is placed on science. Students who are in science section must do less or beginning course of arts. This could shape their focus more on their science discipline than burden with other studies that are not deeply relative to their science areas. This must be initiated and facilited by government. I remembered BW Harris school having this and their students do relatively well upon graduation. That’s the American Model- Emphasis on area of specialization not Jack with all subjects and good performer of non.

  8. Liberia, Nigeria are all Africans, we should be able to live together and help each other. I am even ready to train thousands of Liberian youths for free and open them up to opportunities.

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