On Tuesday, about 1,500 youths applicants shortlisted for employment into the Ogun State teaching service staged a protest at the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta accusing the State Government of abruptly cancelling the recruitment exercise.
According to them, the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, had once told them that their appointment letters may not be out anytime soon, blaming this on lack of funds, they said, gave rise to the recruitment of casual teachers, who would serve as interns for a period of two years.
Newsmen gathered that about 29,000 applied for the 1,500 vacant teaching slots as of November 2019 but the exercise was put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In October 2020, Abiodun assured that 1,655 graduate teachers would be employed, adding that the process was at an advanced stage. He disclosed that successful applicants would be contacted in due time. but, the applicants said none of them has heard from the state government as of March 30, 2021.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, an applicant, Yemi Oyeleye, implored Abiodun to give them the teaching job, as they have waited for several months. The protesters expressed worries that the Education Commissioner has announced the recruitment of casual teachers, cancelling the first recruitment exercise.
“We want them to release our appointment letters. They have started recruitment, they sent us a congratulatory message that we have been selected,” Oyeleye pleaded.
Reacting, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Femi Majekodunmi stated that the state government has not cancelled the recruitment of 1,500 teachers.
He said “Government did not forget them. The situation of things and paucity of funds is the factor. But, the interim recruitment is available for them to partake”