WorldStage Newsonline— The Kaduna State Government has announced plan to recruit additional 13,665 qualified teachers for its primary schools.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani, made the disclosure at a news conference in Kaduna.
Sani said the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) had already recruited 11,335 teachers to fill part of the 25,000 vacancies it declared.
The 25,000 teachers to be recruited would replace the about 22,000 teachers, who allegedly failed a competency test conducted by the state government.
The commissioner explained that about 40,000 applicants sat for the recruitment examination of which 27,639 were invited for the oral interview.
He said 15,897 of the applicants were successful but subjected to further screening to fish out those allegedly smuggled into the list.
“At the end of the exercise, 4,562 incompetent ones, believed to have found their way into the final list illegally were fished out, leaving 11,335 competent ones.
“The 11,335 newly recruited teachers, most of whom hold first and Masters degrees have been deployed to over 4,000 primary schools in the state,’’ he said.
According to him, applications are being received for the recruitment to fill the remaining 13,665 vacancies.
He added that the recruitment process would begin once approval was granted by the state government.
“We hope that between now and end of May, we will conclude the recruitment process.’’
The commissioner also said that the government was making efforts to adopt technology-based teaching in its public secondary schools.
“To achieve this, the state is distributing tablets and computers to teachers and students as well as installing smart boards in schools.
“This is primarily to equip our students with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.
“This will enable them to compete favourably in the current technology-driven world,’’ Sani said.(NAN)