Adaramaja said the exercise was merit-based and completely devoid of partisan sentiments and adhered to the criteria set out in the infomercial.
He said he was assured the process was anchored on the needs assessment previously conducted by the two agencies in the 16 local government areas.
According to him, the government has also taken into account the diversity of the state, including people with disabilities.
“The importance of this presentation is that stakeholders know what happened throughout the exercise and which educational slots will go to which local government and for what reasons.
“We gave priority to applicants of Kwara origin but we also considered non-Kwarans with outstanding performance as well as people with disabilities,” he said.
The President of SUBEB said that at the end of the selection process for SUBEB, there were 94 NCE distinctions, 989 credits, 64 top credits, 1,502 merit credits and 12 bottom credits among the successful applicants.
“We didn’t account for those who were successful in NCE for SUBEB jobs at all.
“For TESCOM jobs, out of several job applicants, we got 50 top-notch graduates in different disciplines.
“Five applicants with distinctions, 849 upper division second class, 23 upper credits, 987 lower division second class and 21 lower credits, we also did not consider those who passed,” Adaramaja said.
He noted, however, that applicants should check their portals from April 27 to find out their status.
“Successful applicants should print their employment letters online before receiving complete documentation with SUBEB Headquarters and the Educational Services Commission (TESCOM).
State House of Assembly Speaker Yakubu Salihu said the education sector is not a sector to play with, while thanking Governor AbdulTahman AbdulRazaq for his commitment to helping ‘due process and merit.
“The education sector is not a sector you play with and if you want to change the narratives you have to do it like this.
“This is why you could not see any political influence in the exercise, because the government recognized that we must not play with the future of our children,” he said.
NUT State President Olu Adewara said the level of transparency adopted by the committee represents the current administration’s sincere goal of laying a good foundation for the future of the state.
“The time for confession and recognition has come, because at one point we were crying and saying all kinds of things in defense of our people who were disengaged, wondering why our members (the teachers at sunset) had to be dismissed unceremoniously.
“We have said so much that we are not going to repeat here today because of what we have seen because it is unprecedented,” he said.
For his part, the president of ststecAPC, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari, described the process as unique and as a departure from the norms of favoritism that so far have plagued the state’s education system.
“What we have seen here shows that Kwara is a new place and with this level of rigor and transparency, there is nothing more to say,” Samari said.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairs of the Transition Implementation Committee, Ifelodun Local Government Region Chairman Mr. Jide Asonibare noted that the exercise has gone down in history and pointed out the impressive rate at which the state would reach its peaks.
The president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations in Kwara, Dr Salah Abdulbaqi, praised the state government for the transparent and well-structured recruitment which she said was a departure from the past.
“I would like to stress the need for monitoring and evaluation to ensure that new teachers do not go off the rails,” she advised, however.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the session brought together high-level academics, education sector experts, community leaders and representatives of civil society and professional groups, including the Center for the empowerment of communities and the eradication of poverty.
Others were Mekunu Agenda, the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kwara Must Change, the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists and the Good Life Awareness Initiative.
The Association of Independent and Independent Broadcasters of Nigeria (FIBAN) and the National Association of Veteran Journalists also attended. (NOPE)
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