Controversies and allegations of fraud and misconduct are currently rocking the on-going teachers’ recruitment exercise in Enugu State.
The State Government had recently commenced plans to recruit 2000 teachers for the primary schools across the State.
However, the recruitment exercise, which held simultaneously at the 17 local government areas of Enugu State, and the College of Immaculate Conception, CIC, Enugu, has witnessed tonnes of allegations.
According to one of the applicants, “the failure started from step one. You can imagine a situation where the names of the shortlisted candidates were pasted just on the eve preceding the examination. So, all the applicants staying outside Enugu were automatically shut out of the system.
“Secondly, on the day of the examination, there was no sign of preparation for the exercise at all. We reported at the CIC by 7:00 a.m. but at the end of the day, we managed to start the test by 5:30 p.m.
“We had no seat, no where to place out paper; I just placed the answer script on my laps, even as there were thousands of us in a hall that shouldn’t take more than 200 persons.”
Another applicant alleged that some persons, who were acting as cronies for the board members of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), were allegedly demanding for a bribe in order to get the job.
“They are asking us to pay N150,000 for the teaching job. We now understand why from the onset the process was not made in such a way that the best would emerge.
“If they had organized the test very well, if the process had been credible, it would have been easy to pick the best out of the several applicants.
“But as it stands, they are just interested in the money they would make out of the system,” one of them further alleged.
Another applicant lamented that “one is not even so sure that he will get the job after coughing out such sum of money at this critical time. The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi should call the ENSUBEB to order. They should organise a credible test for us. We are ready to face credible process, not a make-belief exercise.”
However, the Chairman of the ENSUBEB, Mr Ikeje Asogwa, denied the allegations. He told a popular online daily that “There is nothing like that; nobody is collecting money. We have said it again and again that people should not fall victim.
“We have also been announcing it on radio for about two weeks now that nobody should give money to anybody.”
He had earlier in a media report declared that the board would make use of the employment window to ensure that only best brains were employed so as to correct the long time anomaly in the primary school system.
He maintained that the board would not cut corners in the ongoing recruitment exercise, adding that the society and the state would be the greatest beneficiaries when best brains were employed to teach their pupils and children.
“It is high time we join hands to reposition the primary school system in the state and this has to start with the recruitment of sound teachers to teach in our primary schools.
“We cannot recruit poor brains in our schools and expect the best from our pupils and school children,” he explained.