Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has said his government has no hand in the disqualification of any qualified teachers in the state.
The governor made the clarification following protest carried out by teachers in the state to bring to notice of the government the challenges they encounter in their job.
Recall that on Tuesday, the protesting teachers had barricaded the entrance of the State House of Assembly in Awka with different inscriptions on their placards.
In the statement issued by the chief press secretary to the governor, Christian Aburime, Soludo revealed that his administration is reviewing issues in the educational sector to ensure that standard practice is maintained.
According him, teachers who were asked to take part in the online recruitment test proposed by the government were those who were recruited in an “irregular, hazy circumstances in the last days of the last administration.”
He further stated that the online recruitment test is to ensure that teachers who are well tested for their capacities and wealth of experience are recruited to the system.
The statement reads thus “The attention of Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, has been drawn to publications on protest by Teachers engaged by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) purportedly converted to permanent staff in Anambra State schools that were sacked by his administration.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no qualified teacher in the state’s school system has been relieved of his/her appointment.
“The government is rather repositioning the education sector according to standard practice and in line with the objectives of the Soludo administration.
“The affected PTA teachers who were ‘converted’ to the school system in the last days of the last administration in an irregular, hazy circumstances, were only asked to regularize their employment with the government by taking part in the online teachers’ recruitment test initiated by the state.
“The idea is to ensure that only those with requisite qualifications, proven capacity and commensurate experiences are recruited into the system. It is not to witch-hunt anybody or take away anybody’s job.
“Please ignore any mischievous or unfounded publication on this matter.
“At all times, Prof Soludo means well for the good people of Anambra State and will stop at nothing in giving them the best, education inclusive.”