Whatever is happening in Kaduna state will happen across Nigeria once we begin the restructuring process.
Civil servants have an entitlement mentality. They believe they cannot be sacked. They know they are not productive and they have accepted that attitude as their share of prebendalism. It is their share of corruption; to be unproductive while rejecting any form of structural change.
22,000 primary school teachers that cannot pass primary four exams obviously deserves to be sacked. I would do same. If you are the owner of a private school, you would do same. In fact, you will never allow your school get to that point. Never. Such things only happen in Nigerian government circles. Student performance and parent demands will compel you to always get the best teachers.
That is how low we have brought our public service standard. What we cannot tolerate in our private lives, we tolerate in our public lives. Only in Nigeria.
These are issues true federalism would address in Nigeria, but again who wants restructuring?
Over-centralization is evil. Basic schools should not be managed by state governments. There should be a decentralized city/community government (as a last tier of govt) in charge of schools and other basic issues affecting the communities in Nigeria.
Centralization is the reason why NUT would come out to support its members who are liabilities to the Kaduna state government. Over-entralization is the reason why ASUU, NLC, and other unitary unions would continue to hold governments hostage. They all want their share of prebendalism without proferring a permanent solution to the real issues. They all want more money from government without any any additional value from their end. They are not different from the politicians. These unions. They all have a unitary feeding bottle mindset.
What is the way forward? Decentralization! It’s that simple. State governments should not own basic schools in the same manner the FG should not own universities.
You can partially fund and regulate schools without owning them. That is the best way to get the best out of the basic schools. Government duty should be to regulate and set standards while allowing communities and private players compete. Even the idea of free education is evil. That is another topic for another day.
Kaduna state government will sack 22,000 teachers today. In six years time, the newly recruited teachers will become like the old. The system is the problem, not the teachers. In few years time, the system will corrupt the new teachers like it did the old. The system determines the behaviours.
Until we learn to address causes rather than symptoms, we are only deceiving ourselves.
I wish the people, teachers and government of Kaduna goodluck in their experiment.
By the way, this is not a Kaduna state problem, it is a Nigerian problem.
These are issues restructuring and true federalism should automatically fix in Nigeria, but again, who wants true federalism?
Let us continue to deceive ourselves in this country.