September 21, 2021
Over 400 holders of Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) degrees currently teach in public secondary schools in Oyo state.
Pastor Akinade Alemu, The Chairman of the state's Post-Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), has announced the procedure the state followed in the recent recruitment of 5,000 teachers into its secondary schools.
He explained that 140,000 candidates applied for the job, but only 6,500 scored 50 per cent and above in the computer-based test (CBT) conducted to screen them.
Of the number, 5,000 applicants passed the oral interview and credential scrutiny and were employed. They include 150 physically challenged persons.
Gov Makinde and Mrs Grace Oderinde
Giving further details, the commission's Permanent Secretary, Mrs Grace Oderinde, explained that 167 of the newly recruited teachers hold PhD in various fields.
The permanent secretary said 550 of the successful candidates were non-indigenes of Oyo State because Governor Seyi Makinde insisted on recruiting the best into the schools, irrespective of their states of origin.
"The governor had no candidate. He directed that anyone to be recruited must pass the test and make the cut-off point. It didn't matter if the candidate was the governor's brother or sister."
"With that, TESCOM has set the standard, and I am sure that other agencies will emulate us. This government values merit because of its commitment to bringing the desired change into the system," she said.
According to her, 400 applicants hold First-Class degrees in various disciplines.
He gave those who did not study Education two years to complete a post-graduate diploma in the discipline.
Mrs Oderinde said the new teachers posted according to the needs of the various zones across the state.
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