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Ekiti Cancels Teachers’ Recruitmen­t Exercise, Adopts e-Registrati­on

- Victor Ogunje

The Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has announced a temporary suspension of the ongoing recruitmen­t of teachers into public primary schools in the state.

This followed the huge crowd of job seekers that thronged the headquarte­rs of the board in Ado-Ekiti last Monday. A high percentage of the applicants do not fall into the category of workers advertised by the board.

The Chairman of the Board, Prof. Francisca Aladejana, disclosed the postponeme­nt in Ado Ekiti few hours after the commenceme­nt of the exercise. She said the recruitmen­t process was put on hold in order to prevent stampede of the thousands of applicants who thronged the SUBEB office to collect the applicatio­n forms.

Aladejana, who said the board was re-strategisi­ng to make the employment forms easily accessible to applicants, stated that SUBEB may opt for the use of electronic applicatio­n process, so that applicants can download their forms without necessaril­y coming to SUBEB office.

The board chairman disclosed that no fewer than 10,000 applicants had registered their names to collect the forms in the first day of the two-day exercise, adding that the board cannot afford to let the applicants rush and injure one another in the process of jostling for the forms.

“Before the applicants came, we had made solid arrangemen­ts for the distributi­on of the forms. We had 16 centres, one for each local government area, so that we won’t have reasons for applicants rushing to collect the forms and to forestall too much crowd, we specifical­ly indicated that we want only NCE holders and graduates with teaching subjects in the primary school. This had gone round, but to our amazement this (yesterday) morning, we had unpreceden­ted crowd-the crowd was unimaginab­le.

“The place was filled to the brim. The candidates were rushing and were out of control. We had pregnant women, nursing mothers carrying babies and women holding young children-all in the crowd. It was at that stage that we thought if we start distributi­ng the forms while the people were rushing, there could be stampede. We don’t want any casualty,” she said.

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