Serving teachers engaged by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), those engaged by the Parent- Teacher Association (PTA) of schools and public servants who have acquired additional teaching certificates will be given an advantage of being employed in the ongoing recruitment of teachers by the Oyo State Government, through the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
The government also disclosed that 64,000 applicants submitted their forms at the TESCOM headquarters at the State Secretariat, Ibadan, but it is awaiting the forms submitted to other zones in the state before arriving at the total number of applicants for employment.
Oyo State TESCOM Chairman, Mr. Akinade Alamu, explaining the rationale behind the decision, noted that the said categories of workers were given the advantage of being selected, provided they met the stipulated requirement because of their on-the-job-experience.
Of the over 7,000 workers to be engaged in the ongoing recruitment, Alamu said about 2,000 from serving TESCOM workers with upgraded and additional qualifications and another 2,000 PTA teachers will be considered if they apply and meet the requirements for permanent recruitment by the government.
He said: “We have public servants, especially those working at TESCOM. They have studied and acquired additional qualifications and want to convert to teaching, they will be taken care of. They will have added advantage because they are already serving.
“That is about 2,000, though I know not all of them will scale through. Apart from those, we have PTA teachers that are working for the government before this recruitment and the government wants us to consider them.
“We will consider those who are qualified, capable and competent. That is another set of about 2,000 and we will take care of those people. However, not all of them will also scale through.
“If the N-power people apply and have a good report, they will be given priority. We do get a lot of information and some of the N-power people have not been committed. However, those who have good report from where they are serving will also be given priority.”
Alamu described as baseless, the insinuations that the process of recruitment would not be transparent, noting that all who correctly fill the required information in their forms and are qualified will be invited for the Computer Based Test (CBT).
He said that the commission considered all forms submitted, whether stamped, numbered or not, and would call those shortlisted for CBT before end of the month.
“Whether your form has number or your form is stamped, or not stamped, it has nothing to do with your qualification. The information we require on the forms with numbers or the forms downloaded on the website are the same.”