RSG And 14,000 Teachers’ Recruitment

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When recently, the Rivers State Government announced that it would be enlisting the services of 10,000 teachers and 4,000 non-teaching staff with a view to improving the education sector in the state, many residents and other arm-chair critics had thought that the pronouncement which was actually made by the State Commissioner for Education, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, was a fluke or another political gimmick reminiscent of the Rotimi Amaechi administration that flagrantly displayed exemplary contempt for educational development.
Thank Goodness! The State Government, which has never hidden its obsession with speedy manpower development of the State, has reportedly commenced the recruitment process to confound its motley crowd of myopic and short-circuited critics and cynics.
In an uncommon exhibition of due process and transparency in matters of public interest for which the Governor Nyesom Wike administration is renowned, the State Education Ministry had since directed applicants for the teaching jobs to WWW. RivJob.ng to register their personal details while uploading their credentials.
To ensure that no applicant is short-changed in the process, successful applicants who strictly adhere to the rules of engagement would be subjected to both online aptitude test and oral interview.
Interestingly enough, checks by The Tide indicated that there has been a swam of applicants uploading their personal data at many computer centres where the online registration for the vacant jobs is ongoing to ensure that they beat the stipulated deadline before the closure of the official portal.
The State Government’s initiative is, indeed, commendable, as it is timely, especially against the backdrop of the fact that the clan of the state’s teaching workforce is daily being depleted without replacement.
If anything, the bold and far-reaching move would go a long way to seriously address the growing menace of unemployment in the state, particularly in the education sector, which was left unattended to by the previous administration.
However, in recruiting the teachers, government should never and for any reason whatsoever, compromise quality and standards which are central to efforts at boosting the education sector and, ipso facto, manpower development in the State.
Added to that, the State Government should strictly ensure that those recruited in the exercise are deployed to rural areas where their services are badly needed. Again, it should not go the way of the 13,000 recruited by the Amaechi administration, most of whom are wasting productive man hours in Port Harcourt at the expense of critical public service.
Apart from the regular payment of salaries which has greatly boosted workers’ morale, the fact that the Wike administration has reconstructed and equipped over 200 basic schools in the 23 local government areas in the State should serve as motivation for the teachers’ optimum performance.
In addition, the Wike administration has also constructed several roads to link several communities in the state and this should serve as an incentive to drive the recruitment initiative.
Government should also not relent by ensuring adequate monitoring of these teachers and evaluating their job performance as the bottom line remains the proper moulding of the child in character and learning. What this means is that supervisors in the state Ministry of Education must up their game and take their jobs more seriously as most of them are known to be easily compromised by authorities of some schools in the discharge of their duties, to the detriment of the education sector.
This is the way and the only way that the recruitment exercise can be justified and the State Government’s manpower development efforts put on the right track.