Sacked Minister of Education to Return to Classroom

Prof Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, in an emotional laden ceremony, has handed over the mantle of leadership of the federal ministry of education to the Minister of State, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike after her appointment was terminated on Wednesday by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The minister, who gave God the glory for what had happened, advised her successor to ensure that the national conference on education which takes place annually does not die.

She said: “Every year, endeavour to have a national conference on education and we all will see improvement in our examinations. It will highlight areas of weaknesses and how to improve on the performance. Please endeavour to do so every year.”

The former Minister, who thanked the president for the opportunity to serve, revealed that there will be an educational innovation and exhibition scheduled to take place in October and November.

“It is to showcase what you have in the ministry and liaise with the private sector. With this in place, we can make education relevant to the system.”

The former minister, who had been a commissioner of education in Jigawa State, revealed that she will return to Bayero University, Kano, as a professor of curriculum studies.

In his acceptance speech, Wike thanked her for the numerous improvement she had brought to the sector especially in the areas of access and quality and assured that the foundation she had laid will be worked and improved upon for the sustenance of the sector.

While regretting the development and alleging that no one expected it would happen as all the affected ministers attended the FEC meeting in high spirits, the minister encouraged her to leave behind, at least two of her aides in order to foster continuity in her relationship with the ministry.

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