9 months after recruitment, more than 7,000 Kaduna teachers await assignment and salaries

  • How young people, others are abandoning private jobs in search of greener pastures

  • “Most schools need extra teachers”

  • Delay in dealing with dangerous issue – NUT

In anticipation of a new job as a secondary school teacher with the Kaduna State Government, Franca had resigned from her post at a private school located in the Kaduna metropolis.

She received a tentative appointment offer letter on July 19, 2021, but so far she and more than 7,000 others have yet to be assigned.

With the new letter of appointment, she thought life would be better because she would have a more stable job with a more solid and consistent salary, compared to what she earned monthly in private school.

Franca said she joined other recruited teachers for the documentation and induction process and even opened a new salary account at the request of their new employer.

“Honestly, I was very happy when I received the letter of appointment as a secondary school teacher from the state government last year. I quickly resigned from the private school where I worked for occupy the new position,” she said.

Daily Trust Saturday recalls that as of January 2019, 62,000 candidates had taken an aptitude test, during which 14,000 were subsequently selected as future teachers by the Kaduna State Teachers Service Board (KSTSB). It was out of this number that 7,600 were eventually recruited.

Nine months after receiving pension numbers as civil servants, the newly recruited teachers said they have yet to be assigned to any school to start work, although they fervently hope to offer their contributions to development and repositioning of the education sector in the state. .

Franca said other newly recruited teachers like her have resigned from where they worked until now to take up the new teaching post in the state government, lamenting that their future is hanging in the balance. She said she was forced to go to another private school to teach while waiting for the Ministry of Education to assign her.

“We were happy to get this job, but our joy is fading now because it’s been almost a year without assignments or salaries. Life has been tough,” Franca said.

Another newly recruited teacher who identified himself as Abu Hanifa also said he was forced to apply for another teaching position at a private school.

“We felt cheated because many of us resigned from our previous jobs. For over nine months now, there has been no positive news from the ministry and the teachers’ service commission.

“As teachers, we have to go to different private schools to earn a living since the government job is not ready yet,” he said, adding that he advised his colleagues to find jobs alternatives pending when the displays would be released.

Another newly recruited teacher, who simply identified herself as Yomi, said there was a lack of communication between the ministry and new teachers, a situation which she said was worrying.

“There is no communication from them (teacher service committee). All we heard was that they didn’t want to assign us to our duty stations because there was no money to pay salaries,” he said.

He said one of the terms of the appointment was that no one would have two jobs at once; therefore most of them resigned from their previous positions.

“Because of this, many of those who worked in private schools quit. Many others have resigned from other states and moved to Kaduna, but they are now stuck as they have not yet been assigned,” he said.

A staff member at Kakuri Government Secondary Day School who sought anonymity told the Daily Trust on Saturday that there were not enough teachers in the school despite the student population.

According to him, there are about 30 classes with most of them having close to 100 students and lamented that the few teachers are mostly exhausted, which affects the efficiency of teaching; hence the need for the state government to expedite the assignment of newly recruited teachers.

“As we speak, I think we only have two English teachers in the whole school. There is only one IRS and Hausa teacher and they attend all classes from JSS1 to JSS3, with each class having no less than 100 students,” he said.

He said that due to the shortage of teachers in the school, the students are mostly out of control in the classrooms with most of them often leaving the school environment at will.

Delay in assigning dangerous teachers – PTA

The National Chairman of the Parents’ Association of Nigeria and the Chairman of the Association in Kaduna State, Muhammad Danjuma, have called the delay in posting newly recruited teachers dangerous for education in the state.

He wondered why the new teachers were not yet in place several months after recruitment, considering that the state is still struggling with inadequate teachers in its public schools.

“The delay in posting them is concerning and may affect the education sector because, as is currently the case, there are over 400 high schools across the state, based on our findings. Most of these schools need these teachers because currently there is a shortage of teachers in public schools and parents are concerned about the future of children in these schools,” he said.

Danjuma also said that the newly recruited teachers went through a rigorous screening exercise before being hired and wondered why the state government did not deploy them to the schools.

When Daily Trust Saturday visited the Kaduna State Teachers Service Board for reactions to the situation, our correspondent was informed that the chairman, Adamu Makadi, was in a meeting and was then directed to the Ministry of Education.

At the ministry, Education Commissioner Halima Lawal is said to be in a meeting. Calls and text messages sent to him on this subject had not been answered at the time of filing this report.