No less than 6,251 job seekers have applied for the available 400 vacancies at the Universal Basic Education.
The Desk Officer for Universal Basic Education, UBE, in the state, who disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday that the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, allotted only 400 spaces to the state in its intervention for the employment of teachers.
Eze was in Nsukka Local Government for the written interview for candidates from Enugu North Zone.
According to her, the recruitment was Federal Government’s education intervention programme to ensure that primary and secondary schools in the country had enough teachers.
She said: “This recruitment is government’s intervention programme to solve the problem of inadequate teachers in some primary and secondary schools in the country.
“Successful candidates will be employed and they will teach for two years and will be paid N18,000 as monthly salary”.
The desk officer commended the applicants for their orderly conduct during the exercise.
“This written interview is going on simultaneously in every state of the federation. It is a two-day interview. Some candidates wrote on Tuesday while the remaining are writing today and those to be recruited will be based on merit.
“Only regular NCE holders from Colleges of Education are qualified since part-time or sandwich NCE holders are not qualified to apply”, she added.
While attributing the high number of candidates that applied for the jobs to the high rate of unemployment in the country, she said, “the number of people who applied for this job is an indication that many people are jobless”.
Although some of the candidates that spoke to DailyPost commended the government for the initiative to employ more teachers for primary and secondary schools in the country, they expressed reservations that the job may be hijacked by politicians.
“Writing this interview is not the problem but my fear is that those who have connections will give this job to their friends, brothers and sisters.
“I do not have any connection; God is my own connection and I know He will not disappoint me”, one of them said.