Anambra employs 5000 teachers

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Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has presented Letters of Appointment to 5,000 newly recruited teachers.

In a statement, Sir Paul Nwosu, Anambra State Commissioner for Information, said the recruitment process was done through a transparent and competitive process supervised by the State Ministry of Education.

“Governor Soludo presented the appointment letters to the recently recruited 5000 teachers in a televised grand noonday ceremony on Friday, December 2, at the International Convention Centre, Awka.

“The gathered teachers and their guests were full of praise for Governor Soludo for having faith in them as a continuation of his open demonstration of transparency and credibility in all sectors in Anambra State.

“It was an occasion to savour as Governor Soludo shared ennobling company with the teachers because the governor sees himself, first and foremost, as a teacher, having lectured for many years at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and in some other universities all over the world.

“Many educationists lauded Governor Soludo for his landmark innovative method of recruiting teachers credibly, transparently and competitively”.

Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Professor (Mrs.) Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, who superintended all stages of the recruitment exercise, described the process as challenging.

According to the records, out of the 40,120 candidates who responded to the initial advertisement, 13,500 scaled through the first Computer Based Test (CBT), which had 60 per cent as the cut-off mark.

The supplementary test took the cut-off mark down to 55 per cent, thereby adding additional 2000 candidates to the number scheduled for the last CBT.

The last CBT was scheduled in six centres at a cut-off mark of 55 per cent. The 8,120 successful candidates were scheduled for oral and written interviews.

The successful candidates were determined by adding the last CBT scores and the oral/written interview scores and dividing them by a simple average. The cut-off mark was set at 60 per cent.

After the exercise, the 5,000 teachers were selected on merit.