Plan by Enugu State to recruit about 2000 to fill up vacancies in its primary education system has suffered a setback as the Enugu State Universal Basic Education has been asked discountenance the exercise and conduct a fresh one.
Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly who called for the cancellation of the exercise that took place recently said the exercise was not conducted in a fool-proof manner which resulted to complaints from various quarters that shoddy deals were noticed during the exercise.
Not satisfied with the manner the teachers were selected for the recruitment exercise, the House last Tuesday summoned the Chairman of ENSUBEB, Chief Ikeje Asogwa and the Perm Sec, Mrs Rose Chiama to appear before it to tell them why the exercise should not be cancelled following the outcry that preceded it.
Not satisfied with the answers the ENSUBEB chairman gave to the House on how the exercise went and the criterion followed, they resolved that the exercise be cancelled outrightly and a fresh one embarked upon.
The House reached the conclusion following the position of the ENSUBEB permanent secretary, Mrs Chiama that she knew nothing about the exercise and that even the Board was not in the know. She said they were not carried along.
Asogwa’s explanation that the exercise was well conducted as the governor and even some members of the House of Assembly were privy to the exercise, fell on deaf ears as he gave the impression that the would-be teachers came short of expectation and failed woefully the interview exams given to them.
The ENSUBEB boss, in his defence even explained good things his board had in mind for the improvement of education at the primary school level, like their plans to provide 13,000 tables and chairs, 1,700 desks and over 70,000 books for the pupils but this could not cut any ice with the law makers.
The House members were furious that the exercise where 21,000 applied took just a week to conclude, both for exams and interview for those shortlisted.
In summarising the position of the House, Speaker, Hon. Edward Ubosi, said that the exercise is nullified immediately and a fresh one should take place after.
He said that the Board should liaise with relevant stakeholders like the Ministry of Education to conduct the future exercise.
The Speaker equally said that the proposed rescheduled exercise should take place at various local government areas of the state instead of everybody converging at Enugu, the state capital.
It was gathered that 100 teachers each were supposed to be employed from each of the 17 local government areas of the state.