Reps member knocks Osun governor for taking money from job seekers, demands refund
By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Bamidele Salam has knocked the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola for approving that those applying to the State’s teaching service should buy application forms.
Salam, who represents Ede North, South/Egbedero/ Ejigbo Federal Constituency, said in a statement he personally issued on Friday that the policy was insensitive to the grim realities of youth unemployment and abject poverty in the land.
NEWS BOOM reports that the state government had sold application forms for several job seekers who applied for the the teaching job.
The federal lawmaker however suggested that the governor and his government should refund the monies paid by all applicants and apologise to them for even collecting the fees in the first place.
The statement issued by the lawmaker and obtained by NEWS BOOM reads in full:
OSUN TEACHERS RECRUITMENT: MY OPINION
I have read quite a number of comments by concerned citizens on the recruitment processes adopted by Osun State Government to recruit new teachers into our public schools.
Let me start by stating my opposition to the charging of fees for employment in whatever guise. I think it was wrong for Governor Gboyega Oyetola to approve that those applying to the State’s teaching service should buy application forms. It is insensitive to the grim realities of youth unemployment and abject poverty in the land. Not even in the private sector are applicants required to pay to apply!
Having said that however, I must express my total support to the Government for insisting that those who seek to be recruited as teachers in Osun State much pass an attitude test as conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board.
I am appalled at the extreme quality depreciation in the quality of our public schools education partly caused by the quality of some of our teaching staff.
I am an entrepreneur in the schools sector and will NEVER be begged, cajoled, forced to employ any teacher who can not pass our qualifying exams which are usually in three parts. I don’t think anyone’s children deserve to be entrusted to those who have no business being in the classrooms.
One of the secrets of the growth of modern Nations is that they make deliberate policies to attract their best brains into the teaching profession and I am of the view that this is where we MUST now go.
My suggestions to the Government and the Governor are:
1. Please refund the monies paid by all applicants and apologise for even collecting the fees in the first place.
2. Continue with the aptitude test and other necessary exams and interviews to select the best of the applicants.
3. Refuse to be cajoled, begged or forced to employ anyone who can not pass the exams into our schools.
May God give Governor Oyetola the wisdom and more importantly, the courage to do what is right in this matter!
Bamidele Salam MHR