DURING his campaign, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of Anambra State made some promises to ‘ndi Anambra’ and part of those promises were on education enhancement and job creation.
Concerning the education sector, he said that his administration will focus on developing the competence of teachers in the state and restore teaching as a profession of pride. He also said that his administration would work towards professionalism, and unique Anambra teachers with special Anambra certification based upon quality, capacity building and competences.
According to him, this is to ensure that the learning needs of all are met through equitable distribution of resources and learning of lifelong skills, maintaining the top position as the state with the lowest illiteracy rate in Nigeria.
Since his assumption of office on March 17, 2022, ndi Anambra has been looking forward to see him accomplish these promises.
On May 1, 2022, during the Workers’ Day celebration, the governor directed the recruitment of more teachers into public schools in the state and instructed that an online registration platform be created for eligible Anambra candidates to apply.
For this Anambra teachers’ recruitment, the Ministry of Education shortlisted 31,800 applicants after reviews against the proposed 5000 needed Anambra teachers and an exam was scheduled to hold on June 4, 2022.
In his bid to ensure equity, justice and fairness, the governor gave the directive that every applicant must be given equal opportunity to write the test, with this, it is obvious that the employment process will be free and fair.
But the first exam was later cancelled because many candidates were unable to write the test as a result of network failure since it was an online examination and was later rescheduled for June 11, 2022.
After the first CBT held on June 11, 2022, the governor approved a cut-off mark of 50% and requested that another exam be scheduled for June 18, and about 12,000 candidates who had 50% and above were shortlisted for the second exam.
The second phase of the CBT took place as scheduled and Anambra State Executive Council (ANSEC) has approved 60% as the cut off mark. The Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu stated this in a Post-ANSEC meeting release made available to the press.
Sir Nwosu said that the names of successful candidates could not be released immediately because the results would be segmented into secondary school on one hand and Primary School on the other.
He revealed that afterwards, the candidates would be segmented into sciences and arts for secondary schools and into subjects for primary schools, adding that government is determined to provide qualified teachers for our public schools. This is indeed a good step towards fulfilling his promise of providing Anambra schools with quality teachers.
Again, despite the lingering ASUU strike that have grounded our universities for more than four months, Anambra owned tertiary institution, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University had been on session, following their normal academic calendar. This can be attributed to the cordial relationship between the school management and the government of the day.