By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau state government has so far received at least 11,000 applications for recruitment into the Teachers’ Service Commission for teaching in the state.
The state government is expected to recruit 1,000 teachers, especially those qualified in English and Mathematics, to help in promoting the education system in the state.
Chairman, Plateau state Teachers Service Commission, Chief Vongjen T. Lar, while speaking in an interview during the recruitment exercise in Jos on Monday, said, the number of applications that flows to his table seeking to be employed as teachers in the state was over 11,000.
“During one of the visits to some of the local governments, the number of applicants, who turned out, even outnumbered political rallies,” describing the situation as “very chaotic” in view of the fact that government intended to employ about a thousand teachers only, but has so far received over 11,000 applications.
While expressing the commission’s desire to handle the situation in such a way that nobody will feel injured at the end of the exercise, he assured that “the commission is determined to address the negative vices where some secondary schools exist without teachers and, with approval for the recruitment of 800 teachers in the state by Governor Lalong, we are going to be transparent in handling the exercise.”
According to him, those who are thinking that teaching line is a place to manage life are making great error, because education needs to be given great priority.
He noted that, the exercise would be very competitive to an extent that those with BSc in other fields but do not have PGD in education will not fit into the system, and those with NCE would be accorded top priority, adding that, even after the exercise those selected must pass TRCN examination before they will be considered.
He also assured that the recruitment will not turn out to be a political exercise, stressing that, government has demonstrated goodwill in the plight of the state civil servants and pensioners and, as such, will adequately take the welfare of those to be recruited seriously.
Chief Lar further urged those, who might miss out of the exercise, to remain patient and wait for another opportunity.