As part of efforts to revamp the education sector in the state, the Ogun government has commenced the recruitment of 1,500 teachers to fill existing vacancies in public schools.
A statement by Governor Dapo Abuodun’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, said about 29,000 applicants applied for the job which closed on Saturday.
Somorin disclosed that the recruitment would be completed before the end of the year, adding that the state government had started analysing the profiles of the applicants.
“Qualified candidates will be notified this week through Short Message Service (sms) on the phone numbers submitted via the job portal, jobs.ogunstate.gov.ng.
The statement added that, the office of the Special Advisers to the State Governor on Youth Empowerment and Job Creation and Education (Primary, Secondary and Vocational Skills) had started matching those on the database and linking them with the SUBEB requirements.
The decision to recruit more teachers, the statement said, became necessary for the overall repositioning and betterment of the sector. It would be recalled that the state government had declared a state of emergency on the education sector and plans were made to rehabilitate schools that were in very sorry state.
The state, in its commitment to providing conducive environments for teaching and learning, had also embarked on the renovation and reconstruction of schools across the 236 Wards in the state.
As at weekend, a total number of 90 schools had been fixed. These schools are evenly distributed among the three senatorial district.
Governor Abiodun encouraged the teachers to promote good reading habits amongst their students through healthy competitions, which he noted would help students’ diction and essay writing.
The statement added that principals and head teachers in public primary and secondary schools, who have all been paid running costs, should use the money judiciously to justify its purpose.
He advised school administrators to channel more energy and resources to the teaching of Mathematics and English language in schools, saying, failure in these subjects would mean inability of students to gain admissions into higher institutions.
He also encouraged teachers to work harder and be more diligent in discharging their duties, adding that they to get their priorities right and show good example by being punctual and well dressed.