Ebonyi - The Ebonyi Government on Friday in Abakaliki said it had concluded arrangements to recruit 1 600 teachers for secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, said at the inauguration of the ministry’s quarterly magazine that the approval was given by the State Executive Council.
According to him, the recruitment will inject new blood in the secondary education system, adding that emphasises will be on science, technical and mathematics teachers as well as the humanities.
“The recruitment will beef up our staff strength and further consolidate achievements already made in the sector.
“Due to our desire to enthrone functional and technical education, emphasis will be more on science, technical and mathematics teachers.
“We have insufficient manpower in these core subject areas and we hope to remedy the trend through the recruitment,’’ Chibueze-Agbo said.
The commissioner said the recruitment would follow due process, adding that only those with bachelors degree in education and relevant fields would qualify for the selection interviews.
He said the recruitment would not be influenced by political considerations, adding that only qualified candidates would be shortlisted.
“The recruitment will not be for political patronage as only the most qualified will be taken.
“Our selection interviews will be competitive written and oral examinations and only those who excel will qualify for employment.
“Nothing short of the best is good for our state," he said.
He commended the state governor for repositioning the education sector, stressing that the establishment and funding of 31 boarding schools had revamped education.
He said the maiden magazine, published by the ministry, was a compendium of achievements of the current administration in the three levels of education in the state.
He said that government had addressed infrastructure and manpower needs of primary, secondary and the tertiary education due to proper funding of the institutions.
He said the initiative was aimed at acquainting the people with reforms, developments and progress made in transforming the education sector through mass readership.
Earlier, Richard Inya, Editor-In-Chief of the magazine, said the material provided incisive information and detailed compilations of achievements and activities in the sector.
He said the magazine, which would be published quarterly, contained news items, features, interviews as well as lists of approved public and private schools in the state.
The chairmen of the Ebonyi secondary and universal education boards, Mrs Patience Oko and Perpetual Elom respectively, commended the initiative and pledged support for the publication.
“This exercise is a noble initiative and a classic documentation of achievements of our dynamic governor in this sector.
“We will promote and support the publication," they said in separate interviews.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 76-Page magazine, titled ‘Ochudocrcy’, attracted major stakeholders in the sector.