The test will be compulsory for all the primary and secondary school teachers in the state.
The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson disclosed at a two-day meeting of the Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council in Yenagoa, the state capital a plan to conduct a competency test for school teachers in the state.
According to a press statement signed by his media aide, Francis Agbo, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the test will be compulsory for all the primary and secondary school teachers in the state.
In his statement, he said a bill will be forwarded to the State House of Assembly to make it compulsory for teachers at the primary and secondary school levels. This will be part of their qualifications to teach in the state.
He also made reference to the Kaduna competency test controversy within the state as it resulted in a violent attack on lawmakers and vandalization of properties worth millions at the state’s House of Assembly complex.
Since President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed Governor El-Rufai’s approach other states have shown interest to follow in the footsteps.
Despite the controversy generated by the tests in Kaduna, other states have shown the willingness to follow in the same footsteps.