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Unemployed teachers in A-Ibom scramble for jobs

By Chioma Onuegbu

Uyo—UNEMPLOYED teachers in Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, stormed designated centres in Uyo, the capital, in their thousands,  to scramble for employment forms for recruitment as primary school teachers, organised by the state government.

The state government had last week announced that it had concluded plans to employ 3,000 teachers into primary schools and had further directed that prospective applicants with the National Certificate in Education, NCE, qualification should go to designated centres in the three senatorial districts to obtain the forms from yesterday.

Investigation revealed that it has been over seven years since the state embarked on primary school teachers’ recruitment.

The two designated centres for Uyo were Community Secondary School, Aka and West Itam Secondary School.

Some of the job seekers, particularly women, who spoke to newsmen at the centres in Uyo expressed doubts of being able to obtain the forms in the 3-day exercise following the overwhelming crowd.

At Community Secondary School, Aka, some nursing mothers who came with their babies lamented that they had stood under the scotching sun for several hours in an effort to collect the employment forms.

One of them who simply identified herself as Mrs. Uduak, said she had expected that those of them who are nursing mothers that arrived the venue very early would have been given consideration, praying that her effort and patience would not be in vain eventually.

Similarly,  another woman who spoke on ground of anonymity lamented that she decided to struggle for the employment opportunity because she has been unemployed since 2009 when she completed her teaching training programme.

She alleged that two women and one man, who could not withstand the stress associated with the process of collecting the form had fainted, adding that even though they were grouped according to their local government areas of origin, that that did not make the process less stressful.

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