EDUCATION

10,000 degree holders apply for Ekiti pry school jobs

No fewer than 10,000 Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree holders  stormed the Okesa Ado Ekiti office of the Ekiti State Basic Education Board on Tuesday to  apply   for primary school teaching.

Ekiti SUBEB Chairman, Prof Francisca Aladejana, said the huge turnout of applicants   compelled the commission to postpone the exercise.

Aladejana confirmed    master’s degree holders were among those who obtained application forms.

SUBEB had in its advertisement called for interested Bachelor’s degree and  National Certificate in Education  Bachelor’s degree holders  to come  to its  office on Tuesday and Wednesday to apply for primary school teaching jobs.

Aladejana said, “We underestimated the job that young graduates are not likely to come to teach in primary schools. But I tell you today that there are people with master’s degrees who turned up.

“We have over 10,000 that bombarded us today, we had to postpone it because we did not know that they would  turn out in such a large number.”

The SUBEB chief  said she was confident that  graduates would be  happy with the job.

She said,  “Most of our teachers are graduates. Almost 80 per cent of the teachers on  the ground that were employed with NCE have  done part-time degree programmes and are now graduates.”

Aladejana, who did not disclose the number of existing vacancies,  assured primary school teachers in the state that the state government had no plans to sack them.

She  said, “We are filling vacancies. The education secretaries in all the local government areas  have compiled the vacancies they have. So, all our teachers are intact. There is no problem with them, we are just filling the  vacancies that exist.”

The state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, Olusegun Olugbesan, said  they had  been  monitoring the recruitment of primary school teachers in the state to  ensure that the recruitment exercise was done properly.

Olugbesan said, “It is a welcome development. For a very long time, we have been agitating that there should be recruitment  of primary school teacher. Now that we are aware that SUBEB has taken this step, it is a positive step in a positive direction.

“There is acute shortage of teachers. We are persuaded that this singular step taken by SUBEB and the state government will alleviate the suffering of our pupils.”

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