Ekiti govt employs 500 secondary school teachers

The Ekiti State Government has announced the employment of 500 successful candidates following the recruitment process to fill vacant teaching positions in public secondary schools in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission, Mr Mike Omolayo, said the employment letters of the successful candidates were ready for collection by the candidates.

Omolayo disclosed this on Sunday in a public service announcement signed on his behalf by the Chief Information Officer, Adejoke Ajayi.

It read, “Following the recent release of the lists of successful candidates recruited into the teaching service by the Ekiti State TESCOM, successful candidates who have completed their documentation processes are hereby directed to collect their letters of appointment at TESCOM, Ado Ekiti, on Monday, September 11, 2023, by 10am.”

The new teachers are expected to resume on September 18 when the new academic session begins in the state, Ajayi said.

Following approval by Governor Biodun Oyebanji for the appointment of 500 teachers into public secondary schools in the state, about 12,000 job seekers, including physically challenged persons, applied for the jobs and underwent qualifying examinations while successful ones proceeded to two other stages of oral interview and micro-teaching.

Reacting to the employment, the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools.

Chairman in Ekiti State, Sola Adigun, said, “The employment is a welcome development. But like Oliver Twist, we will still want more. As a labour leader and representative of ASUSS, we have been at the vanguard of the call for recruitment of more workers across the board and particularly teaching, so, we are happy about it.”

Adigun hinged the call for more recruitment on the fact that secondary school teachers were retiring every year, thus leaving behind many vacancies.

“If we had 10,000 about eight years ago and we are going to 8,000 now, the reason is that experienced teachers are retiring on a yearly basis, so it is very important for the vacancies to be filled,

“I want to appreciate Mr Governor for approving this employment despite numerous challenges. As a union, we are happy. You will recollect that before now, Oyebanji approved the employment of about 1,000 teachers at the primary school level,” he added.