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441 First Class graduates to sit for teaching test in Oyo, NUT lauds process

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Oyo State government has said that 441 First Class graduates from different fields applied to write the Computer-Based Test (CBT) in Ibadan.

Chairman, Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Akinade Alamu, stated this while inspecting the exercise, which held at the University of Ibadan (UI) CBT Hall.

The exercise, which will run through the week till Saturday, attracted applicants from all the zones of the state.

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Alamu stated that the interest of the said best candidates in teaching service portends significant turnaround for the education sector in the state, saying, “We are happy to have the best applicants, especially the First Class graduates taking part in this exercise. Oyo State government is desirous of lifting education to a higher level so that we will have as much as the best among our applicants.

“We want to bring back the pride attached to teaching in the old. It is the best profession and if we have the best hands joining, it is a good omen.

“The scores at the interview level will place applicants higher. We have a mark for NCE, we have different marks for graduates and there is a higher mark for First Class, and this shows that the whole thing will be based on merit.

“The present government is concerned with the upliftment of education in the state; this is why we decided that before we appoint anybody as a teacher, such a person must be qualified, competent and ready to work in line with the passion of the governor for education. I believe this will raise the standard of education and will catapult the performance rating of our state to the first three.”

Meanwhile, the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Adedoyin Samson, while commenting on the exercise, said the CBT test was the first of its kind, as it depicts love for probity and professionalism in public service.

Samson said that the system would allow for recruitment of the best against the allotment of candidates to political office holders that used to hold sway before now.

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