Protest by thousands of temporary teachers under the program known as J-Teach in Jigawa state had stalled the conduct of aptitude tests organized by State Universal Basic Education for the recruitment of 6,000 teachers.
The J-Teach youth who gathered at various centers designated for the test had scolded the SUBEB officials, while the chairman of the board Professor Haruna Musa was said to have escaped lynching at Federal University Dutse Centre.
The candidates had protested and interrupted the organized aptitude test on an alleged plan by some self-centered officials to introduce impunity in the recruitment process as against the instruction given by the state governor Malam Umar Namadi.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the aggrieved J-Teach candidate Abbas Muazu Aujar, said that 4,500 of them were recruited last two years, and in that process, they sat for five different aptitude tests and three different verification exercises.
“Today we have spent two years as J-Teach staff contributing our quarters in Jigawa Educational development, surviving on a token amount of allowance”
“The state governor had last month directed for observing us to permanent teachers, We went for screaming and documentation in according to Civil Service rules just last week, but to our dismay, we were invited for another aptitude test, and you can see there are thousands of new faces who are not J-teach members came for the test.
“This raises suspicion that the organizer of the test has a hiding agenda of replacing those who spent two years in the system with their favorite candidate who had never been in the classroom.
“We know the state governor Malam Umar Namadi approved new rules for teacher recruitment starting from placing candidates to temporary teachers to ensure only qualified and those with the passion for the job are observed to permanent classroom teachers.
“Unfortunately it appears now some people want to sabotage the governor’s effort in revitalizing the state education with the provision of adequate and qualified teachers for selfish interests that is why we blocked this test from taking place.
“And we are calling on the state governor Malam Umar Namadi to investigate and take appropriate actions before his 12-point agenda drifts into the ocean,” the candidates called
Receiving the aggrieved J-Teach staff at Dutse Government House, the chief of staff Government House Senator Mustapha Makama Kiyawa promised to channel all their grievances to the state governor, and assured them justice.