Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has ordered the cancellation of recruitment exercise carried out by the State Secondary Education Board which saw to the appointment of 5,000 new teachers into the state public schools last year. In a statement signed by the Head of Service, Mrs. Ekereobong Akpan, the state government declared null and void all letters of appointments earlier issued by the board to the affected persons.
The statement also indicated that the state government would make adequate arrangement for the engagement of qualified indigenes of the state to teach in the state public secondary schools as soon as possible.
It will be recalled that the 5,000 teachers who were recruited under the administration of immediate past Governor, who is now a serving Senator, Godswill Akpabio between February and April, last year were yet to be deployed to schools and protested the development recently . It was gathered that Governor Udom upon assumption of office suspended the deployment of the teachers, stating that the recruitment process was marred with irregularities.
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Baring his mind, Governor Udom recently said: "a fresh recruitment of teachers would soon be conducted and those who are affected by the recent cancellation of the last faulty recruitment would take advantage of the opportunity to secure the job and render quality service in the teaching profession".
According to him, the foundation for the recruitment of the five thousand teachers was faulty and the process did not follow the due process as some of the appointment letters were issued through a dubious syndicate who took advantage of some loop holes to hijack the recruitment by issuing fake appointment letters to unsuspecting and desperate applicants.
"Let me clear here that we have tried to regularise the appointment, believe me it was on a wrong foundation. We need to look at the background of the applicants to ensure that they have the right qualification and had gone through the right process. I am assuring the 5000 people that the recruitment exercise will start with them. They don’t need other paper to participate in the test other than the "appointment letter ". This is what they would use to justify their appointment ".
"I can boldly say that those carrying the fake employment letters got it from a syndicate that has been squashed because I can’t understand how qualified teachers would kick against participating in a test for the regularisation of their employment. We are above partisanship in everything we do especially when it involves the future of our children". He stated.
Governor Emmanuel however assured that those with genuine certificates and requisite teaching qualification would be recruited after passing the aptitude test to be conducted by a professional examination body.
While emphasizing that he would not be intimidated by sentiments to compromise standard with mediocrity the Governor pointed out that the quality of educational system is determined by the crop of personnel employed in the institutions to impart knowledge.