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Protest Rocks Jigawa Over Alleged Irregularities In Recruitment Process

Some off the protesters claimed that they had undergone a series of tests previously.


Some teachers in Jigawa are seen protesting the state government’s plan to conduct aptitude test on them.

 

Thousands of youths have taken to the streets in Jigawa State on Saturday to protest against what they describe as injustice in the teachers’ recruitment process.

The protesters alleged that the aptitude test being conducted by the state government through the Universal Basic Education Board was a plan to prevent them from getting permanent appointments. This is after the state governor, Umar Namadi, approved permanent offers of appointment to 3,000 teachers to bridge the existing gaps across the state.

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Identifying as J-Teach staff, the youths gathered at various test centres designated by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), expressing their frustration as they bore placards with different inscriptions.

According to them, they have been serving under the J-Teach program as temporary teachers and the government’s plan to recruit teachers permanently is marred with irregularities.

While some of the protesting teachers kicked against the competence examination, others claimed that they had undergone a series of tests previously.

They carried placards bearing inscriptions like ‘Justice for J-Teach to register their grievance. No more exams, among others.

However, the state government has insisted that the competency test would be carried out in the state.