BY EJIKE ABANA
The State government has conducted examination for recruitment of teachers across the State.
As part of the interview process, the examination exercise organized by the State government was championed by the Post Primary School Service Commission and Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board.
Under the PPSC, areas of recruitment include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while ASUBEB core areas include, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Adult Education, as well as some core subjects.
When the ABS arrived Community Secondary school Okpuno, slated for candidates from Nnewi Zone, as at eleven in the morning, prospective candidates were seen loitering, chattering, reading and waiting for the exam to commence.
The Principal of the school, Lady Ifeoma Ikeotuonye disclosed that delay in the commencement of the exam was due to some hitches being experienced in the process, assuring that the examination papers would soon arrive.
One of the candidates at the center, Mrs Adaku Obikee, said that she applied to teach Mathematics, but lamented that the scheduled time for the exam was not adhered to, a situation she stressed has robbed her of other engagements for the day.
The situation was similar at Saint John of God Secondary School, Awka where prospective teachers were duly seated in their assigned classes, waiting for the commencement of exam as at twelve noon, even as the Principal of the school, Lady Anthonia Nwanekie said that there was the case of misplacement of numbers on the list, and expressed optimism that things will improve in another recruitment batch.
At Igwebuike Grammar school, Awka, the ABS saw some people outside the premises, while others were already seated writing the exams.
When asked why it was so, the Executive Chairman of Anambra State Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, Nzemeka Olisah, revealed that some of the applicants were not qualified to take the examination either for not having the certificate requirement or age barrier, adding that the ASUBEB has about eight centers in all with about twelve thousand applicants, out of which over seven thousand were shortlisted for the screening.
While insisting that the selection process is purely on merit, the ASUBEB Chairman pointed out that the Anambra State government has invested so much in order to ensure that only the best candidates emerged.
Speaking to the ABS, the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School, Dr Raphael Anaekeokwu who wondered why few men applied for the teaching recruitment exercise , judging from the number of women that turned out for the screening , appealed to government at all levels to improve teachers’ welfare for gender balance across board.
In appreciation to Governor Willie Obiano for taking the step of recruiting teachers, even when other States find it difficult to pay salaries and pensions of civil servants, the Principal of Girls Secondary School, Awka, Lady Winie Ibezim noted that apart from people who gate crashed into the venue, the exercise was hitchfree.
The Zonal Director of PPSSC, Ogidi, Mrs Gloria Maduka, assured that everyone who applied for Technical and Science Teaching will be screened and accommodated if shortlisted, noting that the delay witnessed is part of teething problems.
Even people with special needs were not left out of the screening exercise organized by the State government as they were seen in one of the labs, taking part in the examination.
Source : ABS