According to him, 12,000 out of the 21,780 teachers that were disengaged for failing the recent competency test conducted by the state government have re-applied in the ongoing recruitment exercise.
While he noted that disengaged teachers who have put in five to nine years of service would be paid their gratuities, he explained that those who have put in 10years and above would be paid pension.
He also mentioned that the state government is working on improved welfare package for teachers in the state to enhance improved service delivery.
“The state government is committed to reforming the education sector. Public schools will no longer be a dumping ground for people who don’t have the requisite knowledge and qualification. The children of the poor deserve quality education. Therefore, no vested interest would stand between our children and the desire to train them well,”
“The state government did not hold any meeting with neither the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) or the National Union of Teachers (NUT) before the calling off of strike but over 12,000 out of the 21,780 that failed the competence test and were disengaged have reapplied among the 43,000 applicants. The recruitment is a continuous thing and there is opportunity for any of the disengaged teachers to reapply,” he added.
Source: Daily Trust