The attention of Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, has been drawn to reports and insinuations making the rounds on the Teachers Recruitment examinations held in the state on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
The test was conducted in line with the cardinal objective of Prof Soludo and his administration of strengthening and repositioning the education sector in the state. It tallies with the conviction of the Governor that education remains a veritable equipment for enhanced living and building a better society.
To ensure transparency in the exercise, the Ministry of Education charged with the responsibility, received over 40,000 applications.
The ministry listed about 31,800 qualified applicants after reviews. Applicants considered too old for civil service, Graduates without NYSC discharged certificates or Exemption letter and other deficiencies were disqualified.
Against the proposed 5000 qualified applicants to be shortlisted for CBT exam, the Governor directed that all the over 31000 listed applicants should be given equal chance to participate in a preliminary online exam, before shortlisting the successful applicants for 2nd CBT exam.
Other measures necessary to attain reliability and credibility of the test were taken. The reported mix-up arising from the online examinations site, was not intended.
The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma Udeh, has made necessary explanations on the matter and has submitted her reports on the exercise to the governor.
It is uncharitable to refer to any shortcoming in the examination, as “Soludo 419”, as reported in some quarters. Anambra State and indeed, Igbo land, are known for according respect to leaders and people elected to offices. We should endeavour to keep to that commendable standard.
Prof Soludo, is a product of sincere and transparent background in all his academic and career undertakings. He will not engage in any attempt at shortchanging the good people of Anambra state, and indeed anybody, for that matter.
Efforts are being made to look into the unfortunate incident during the examinations to ensure that candidates with genuine cases are given another opportunity to make up.
We ask the candidates and others affected by the development to remain calm while the government sorts out the outstanding issues and takes the necessary actions.
The Governor pledges fairness to all, at all times.
CPS to the Governor
June 5, 2022