No fewer than 1,600 will be recruited in Ekiti Teaching Service within the next few months.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Kehinde Ojo, made this known when he briefed newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday.
The applicants have already besieged the state Ministry of Education and designated banks in Ado-Ekiti to obtain forms for the vacancies.
Ojo, however, clarified that the exercise was not designed to edge out the existing teachers currently on strike for 27.5 per cent peculiarity allowance, insisting that the order for the recruitment had come two weeks before the ongoing nationwide strike.
The commissioner said the state government holds the state teachers in high esteem and had no reason not to cater for their welfare.
He said that negotiation was already ongoing between the state government and the striking teachers, stating that N170 million would be required by the state to pay the controversial 27.5 per cent allowance.
“Except somebody wants this state to be grounded, there is no how we can sustain such an additional wage bill on monthly basis,” he said.
Ojo added that the controversial Teachers Test which had remained a subject of discord between the state government and the teachers had been replaced with a three-year training exercise for all categories of teachers.
According to him, such training would be followed later with assessment tests that would determine their promotion to the next grade. (NAN)