The Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board (SSEB), has announced that it would give preference to first-class graduates in the ongoing recruitment of 1000 teachers to teach in Secondary schools in the state.
Chairman of the board, Ekaette Ebong Okon, made this disclosure to newsmen on Thursday, at a meeting with the members of the board, saying that first-class graduates were the right set of people the board was looking for.
She assured that the recruitment exercise would be transparent so that the best brains would be employed for the schools.
She further reiterated that the teachers would be sent to areas with needs and advised those with intent to teach in urban areas to do away with the idea.
She said, “The exercise will be transparent and it is for every Akwa Ibomite that meets the requirements as advertised. It’s supposed to be graduates of Education, first degree and Masters in education will be on first line charge people.
“Those graduates, the first degree must have 2.1 minimum qualifications or a 2.2. The added advantage will be those who have first class.
“You know if you have first class in school, you are a top-class person. So you cannot be treated the same way with somebody with two-two.
“We will take you first and interview you because we have been looking for you because you are the material. Then we go to two-one and two-two.
“Graduates who are not of education is also stated properly. And if you meet the criteria, you are asked to apply and after that, we have our own process.
“We have already stated in the form that if you have made up your mind to be in the urban centre, you are not part of the people we are looking for.
“We are looking for teachers who are going to impact children wherever they are. We do not want teachers who will tell us that they want to teach in the urban centre.
“It is a State Secondary Education Board that knows where to send the teachers. So the applicants would not determine where we send them to.
She, however, commended the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel for giving the board the mandate to employ the teachers, adding that, if numbers were not enough the board would seek for another approval.
“His Excellency is an education-friendly governor. He will look at the statistics and financial involvement.
“Don’t forget that it is not only education. There are other compelling needs. Honestly, we want to thank the state government for listening and approving these 1000 for us. It is just a start.”
It would be recalled that the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel had ordered the immediate employment of 1,000 teachers in public secondary schools across the state in November 2020, while also ordering the release of the 2019 teachers’ promotion interview results.