As Board Shortlists 26,000 For CBT Test

The Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board (SSEB) has dismissed media reports circulating on social media urging applicants for the earlier suspended recruitment examination to prepare for the examination this weekend, stating that the shortlisting process was still ongoing while assuring the applicants that those shortlisted will be informed at the appropriate time about the next step of the recruitment exercise.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Planet News, the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Ekaette Ebong Okon noted that the said publication did not emanate from the Board and called on applicants to be wary of those peddling unverified information about the ongoing recruitment of 1000 secondary school teachers on social media.

‘‘We are still putting things together to conduct the recruitment examination. As I said earlier the applicants should exercise patience. We will formally announce the procedure for this exam. We are going to paste a list of shortlisted applicants. We are not going to use formal names but an examination number with a code.’’

‘‘There are a lot of scammers on net and because there is so much of anxiety, people are so much interested in the job the scammers have decided to do that.’’

Beyond that these applicants will be assigned to specific Computer Based Test Centres which are spread in 20 areas.’’

So please, all applicants should discountenance whatever they are saying online until the State Secondary Education Board releases information,’’ the SSEB boss explained.

Meanwhile, the SSEB Chairman has disclosed that about 26,000 persons will take part in the initial recruitment examination, adding that the applicants will be made to undergo three sets of examinations.

‘‘From about the 45,000 applicants we have now reduced to about 26,000 persons that will take part in the exams. We do the shortlisting taking into consideration the guidelines and requirements we had in the recruitment advert.

‘‘For example, among the 45,000 were people with third class and a pass and it wasn’t a criteria. We didn’t need them. It was clearly specified that minimum qualification was 2.2. And then we also have people with HND applying. In the first place HND graduates are not really trained for the educational system.

‘‘But I understand that there are some persons with HND qualifications that have gone to do post graduate programmes in Education. We take this into consideration as well,’’ she stated.

Speaking further Dr. Okon said, ‘‘there are going to be three sets of examinations. The first one is going to be CBT after which those that make it will be subjected to a subjective examination in their various subject areas and then the third one is the oral interview. And there is no way we will finish these three rounds of test that we will not have 1000 qualified persons out of this 26,000.’’

The Board Chairman, when asked about the speculation that slots for the teaching appointments were already shared amongst the political stakeholders, said it was impossible for such to be done considering the Board’s determination to select the best brains from the crop of applicants for the appointments.

Recall that the SSEB had suspended the recruitment examinations earlier scheduled for Saturday, 13th February, 2021 citing the need to observe the extant COVID 19 precautionary measures stipulated by the Federal Government before rescheduling the examination.

© Tony Esin

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