The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has fired 2,414 teachers employed in 2018 by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The recruitment was carried out during the administration of former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed shortly before the conclusion of his tenure in office.
However, Gov. Abdulrazaq in a statement on Thursday by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Education &
Human Capital Development, Yakub Ali-Agan said the recruitment didn’t follow due process.
The statement added that some of those recruited lacked basic qualification and the number of those employed were more than the approval granted by the government.
The Governor however noted that the seven months’ salaries earlier withheld from 594 of the affected SUBEB teachers since June, 2020 will be paid to them on compassionate grounds.
He also directed that all those affected by the sack are free to re-apply for employment in 2021 when his administration opens the portal for fresh recruitment of teachers.
The full statement reads: “Everyone whose salaries were withheld since June has now had same paid strictly on compassionate grounds. The government’s decision to withhold their salaries was not unilateral or punitive. It was as a result of the unlawful insertion of their names to the payroll without executive approval. The government has since then conducted extensive investigations which revealed the following:
· A total number of 2,414 SUBEB teachers were engaged in the twilight of the past administration. They are otherwise called sunset workers.
· This figure is a violent contravention of the executive approval by former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed who had authorised the employment of 1,100 qualified teachers to take English Language, Mathematics, and Science subjects only.
· On assumption of office in 2019, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, faced with conflicting claims on these workers, magnanimously authorized the screening of all of them, after which 1,658 were cleared as qualified. Surprisingly, additional 594 got inserted into the payroll. There are claims that 162 more were part of the mix. This was discovered during Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s investigation of the untidy process that kept throwing up conflicting figures of employees and mind-boggling details of how non-qualified persons were engaged.
· For instance, it was discovered that several of the 1,658 purportedly adjudged to be qualified do not in fact have required teaching certificates. It was discovered that teachers were engaged for subjects not covered in the executive approval, underscoring the unwholesome and impeachable nature of the entire process.
· Flowing from the above, the government has decided to start the employment process all over again in January 2021. The government will open a new application portal for all the 2,414 and any other eligible persons to apply for SUBEB teaching jobs in relevant subjects to be advertised. This effectively nullifies the controversial employment process of 2018/2019.
· This new process will be largely technology-driven, and needs-based, while every applicant will go through rigorous screenings.
· This painful yet necessary decision is built on justice and fairness to everyone, particularly taxpayers and our children whose future depends on the quality of teaching they receive at the elementary schools. It is the right thing to be done in the interest of our education sector which has suffered from years of unhealthy practices as those mentioned above.
· On compassionate grounds, the 594 persons whose salaries were withheld since June 2020 have now had same paid to them immediately while they — and their colleagues covered in the whole process — may reapply to teach relevant subjects when the portal goes live in January 2021.”
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The new measure is contained in a statement issued by the government last Friday titled “Stay At Home”.