Abakaliki – No fewer than 20,000 applicants on Thursday besieged the Ebonyi Secondary Education Board in Abakaliki to obtain recruitment forms for teaching jobs.
The applicants scrambled to collect the forms from officials of the board.
Efforts to speak with the Chairman of the board, Mrs Patience Oko, were unsuccessful as she was said to be in a meeting with members of the board and management team.
A source in the board who spoke on condition of anonymity said that obtaining the form was one of the criteria to qualify for the interview.
The source said the forms were issued to the applicants free as the management had warned against extortion of the applicants.
“We are having a hectic day controlling the crowd that has thronged here to obtain the job form.
“The forms are issued free of charge to qualified applicants because the board warned that it will not tolerate any foul play from any of its staff members.
“We are doing our best to ensure that the forms get to those that need them. The board is only allowed to recruit 1,500 qualified persons,’’ it said.
“This number is to be drawn from holders of the Higher National Diploma, Bachelors of Education, and National Certificate in Education.
“The number here shows the sorry state of unemployment in the society and the government needs to do something to stem the tide,’’ the source added.
Some applicants who spoke with NAN appealed to the board to be fair and unbiased in selecting candidates for the interview.
Chinyere Elom called for an open, free and fair interview where applicants would be given opportunity to express themselves.
Sunday Agbo urged the board to use merit and not political considerations to select candidates for the interview.
Perpetua Onwe called for equal opportunities for the candidates to compete in the selection.
Mathew Oko appealed to the management to purge themselves of the `Nigerian factor’ and not to allow politicians to hijack the exercise. (NAN)