By Usman Mohammed Zaria
Thousands of temporary teachers under the program known as J-Teach in Jigawa state had protested and interrupted the aptitude test organized by the state universal basic education for the recruitment of 6,000 teachers.
Radio Nigeria reports that, the J-Teach youth gathered at various centers designated for the test had scolded the SUBEB officials, while the chairman of the board Professor Haruna Musa was said to have escaped lynching at Federal University Dutse Centre.
The candidates interrupted the organized aptitude test on alleged plan by some self centered officials to introduce impunity in the recruitment process as against the instruction given by the state Governor Mallam Umar Namadi.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the aggrieved J-Teach candidates Abbas Muazu Aujar’a said, 4,500 of them were recruited last two years ,and in that process they sat for five different aptitude test and three different verification exercise.
” Today we have spent two years as J-Teach staff contributing our own quota in Jigawa educational development, surviving on a token amount of allowance”
” The state governor had last month directed for absorbing us to permanent teachers, We went for screening and documentation in accordance to civil service rules just last week, but to our own dismay we were invited for another aptitude test, and you can see there are thousands of new faces who are not J-teach members came for the test”
“This raise suspicion that, the organizer of the test have hiding agenda of replacing those who spent two years in the system with their favorite candidate who had never been in classroom”
“We know the state governor Malam Umar Namadi approved new rules for teachers recruitment starting from placing candidate to temporary teachers to ensure only qualified and those with passion to the job are observed to a permanent classroom teachers”
Abbas Mu’azu said, some people want to sabotage the governor’s effort in revitalizing the state education with provision of adequate and qualified teachers for their own selfish interest.
They called on Governor Umar Namadi to investigate and take appropriate actions before his 12 point agenda drift into ocean.
Receiving the aggrieved J-Teach staff at Dutse Government house, the chief of staff Government House Senator Mustapha Makama Kiyawa promised to channel all their grievances to the state governor, and assured them justice.