By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Taraba State government has approved the recruitment of 3,000 teachers in a bid to boost the performance of Taraba indigenes and to reposition the educational sector to be comparable to any in the country.
Addressing newsmen recently, Commissioner for Education, Mr Johannes Jegem, disclosed that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku approved the exercise to beef up the educational sector of the state.
According to him, the essence of the scheme, tagged ‘Rescue Teachers Scheme,’ is to enhance total reformation in the education sector to make it sound, resourceful and result oriented in line with the new National Policy on Education in the country.
He stressed that, education is the cornerstone of human and economic development in Taraba State and beyond and called on qualified and trained teachers to take advantage of this opportunity.
He explained that emphasis will be given to NCE and first degree holders in the fields of education.
The Commissioner disclosed that the recruitment will reflect Federal character where all the 16 Local government councils will be given equal opportunity, but said, trained teachers in the fields of Sciences will be given priority as it has been allocated 70 percent of those to be recruited while 30 percent goes to teachers in the fields of Arts and the recruitment is strictly for secondary schools cadre.
In his remarks, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the state, Mr Yusuf Akirikwen said the approval is meant to improve and sustain the performance recorded by students of Taraba State in the last year’s West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
He posited that the present administration led by Darius Ishaku is determined to vigorously reposition the State educational sector saying, the submission received a unanimous support from the entire Exco members.
He maintained that the focus of the Rescue Mission of Mr Darius Ishaku is to provide jobs for Tarbans and take them off the streets and called on graduates and NCE holders that are indigenes of the State to apply immediately.
He explained that, out of the three thousand teachers to be employed, one thousand will be first degree holders while the remaining two thousand will strictly be for NCE holders.
He also called on those who are under the manpower scheme of the State to also apply as they will be given special consideration, particularly those with first degree and NCE holders.
In his contribution, the state’s Head of Service, Mr Simon Angyu revealed that the ban on employment was lifted last year by Governor Ishaku and the employment is expected to be carried out in phases.
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