Akwa Ibom State Government has fixed February, 11, 2017 for revalidation and screening of 5,000 personnel recruited as teachers whose appointments were invalidated on October, 29, 2016, over perceived irregularities in the recruitment process.
The Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Ekereobong Akpan, who disclosed this yesterday, during a media parley, said modalities had been set up for the exercise. Akpan said the government had made good its promise of employing qualified personnel into the teaching service by opening another window of recruitment to enable affected persons defend their suitability in another round of tests.
According to her: “Affected persons will be expected to supply their personal details, birth certificate, First School Leaving Certificate, educational qualifications, certificate of origin, among others, earlier submitted in the aborted recruitment exercise. Let me state here and very sincerely, that all the affected persons who succeed at this fool-proof screening exercise shall be offered appointment to teach in our public schools.”
On the absorption of staff of the six privately owned community schools, Akpan explained that the sudden increase to 546 personnel in those schools following approval for take-over by government in 2012, was worrisome to the present administration adding that government had already set up a committee to unravel the mystery. She said:
“Let me again break the good news that the committee set up has submitted its report and all the bona fide teaching and non-teaching staff, as identified by the communities who used to pay them, will be absorbed into the service.”