By Abubakar Umar Dandy.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai lecturing my class back in ABU Zaria. He lectured us free-of-charge; and also provided studying materials for us free. As a mark of generosity, Nasir El-Rufai gives us money for lunch during his lectures. He usually give us at least 15 -30mins for the lunch. Beside the fact that he is a good teacher, he is very passionate about qualitative education. In our general discussions, he never hide his criticism on poor education policy. He was a source of encouragement for some of us. I recall the day he gave me and my classmate Munir Othman lift from Kaduna to Zaria; on our way, he tapped Munir on the back and said “Munir, read!!. You guys should read. Read any useful materials you lay your hands on. We are entering the world of knowledge”.
On the mass sack of unqualified primary school teachers in Kaduna state, I think Governor Nasir El-Rufai was pushed by his desire for qualitative education. It’s unfortunate that in this country, we don’t take public school education serious. The schools have been reduced to mare play ground for the children of the poor and those who can’t afford expensive and well equipped private schools. So, many things have gone wrong in our education system over the decades. As if good education is not for poor pupils/students. Hence, I support the recruitment of qualified teachers into the schools; and also plead with the governor to retrain the old teachers who are re-trainable.