by Babajide Okeowo
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state has cited illegal employment and contravention of executive approval as the reasons behind the nullification of the employment of 2,414 teachers who were employed by the State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB).
The state government in a statement through its ministry of education said the action was taken because the teachers were employed illegally at the end of the administration of a former governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The Kwara state government says only qualified teachers should be employed.
“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” the statement said.
The ministry of education explained that it also discovered that the majority of the teachers were not qualified to teach because they lacked the required teaching certificates.
The state government stated that the discovery prompted it to start the employment processes afresh in 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’’ the statement from the education ministry added.