Udeme UTIP, Uyo
About 50,000 indigenes of Akwa Ibom State are scrambling for 1000 teaching jobs recently announced by the state’s secondary education board.
A reliable source close to the board told our reporter that as at close of work on Friday, a total of 47, 978 applications were already received through the online portal.
Shortlisted candidates will have to take an examination. The consultant handling the applications will shortlist them for the exams coming up in the three senatorial districts of the state.
“It’s a big problem for the Exco to shortlist candidates for examination. Meeting continues on Monday, while sorting begins in different subject areas today. Very, very pathetic as everyone is looking for work ooo,” the source said.
On the misinformation that the number of teachers needed was increased to 10,000; the source who pleaded anonymity reacted said “1,000 teachers. Where will you keep 10,000 teachers and can government pick up this wage bill?
“The state economy will collapse. For this 1000 teachers we need about 123 extra million per month to add to salary wage. It is not easy at all.”
It was earlier warned that no slot would be given to any Government officials in the employment of those 1000 teachers as successful candidates will emerge strictly on merit.
According to the source, with the number of applications received; applicants with first class, second class (upper division) and post graduate certificates are of added advantage as they stand the chance of being considered first.
The state commissioner for education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet said the need for the 1000 teachers to be employed was as a result of the recent withdrawal of N-Power teachers from the system.
It is however observed that most of those who applied for the limited job opportunity are actually not unemployed but lack job security in privately owned establishments which employs them even with higher wages.