A few days after the release of the NCE list for appointment letter about 100 teachers with primary education studies known as pes, the name is removed, they claim that their course is irrelevant because they were posted in secondary school. But later on Monday over 100 secondary school teachers protest to the nasarawa state house of assembly over on- the issue of appointment letter to some of them by teacher service commission (TSC).
Mr. John Ewuga, the leader of the protesting teachers while speaking before the House Committee on Education said that they have been denied their appointment letters by the TSC after serving for over one year as engaged teachers with the state government.
The teachers also alleged that the Chairman of the TSC, Alhaji Abdullahi Galadima told them that the commission has been given directive by the House to screen out any engaged teachers that read primary school-related courses in NCE
“Honourable members, we are over 100 engaged teachers that have been denied appointment letters by the State Teachers Service Commission( TSC).
” The Chairman of the State Teachers Service Commission told us that the commission disqualified any engaged teachers that read Primary Education Studies( PES) in NCE.
” We wonder why after the state government has engaged us over one year now, we have been teaching in secondary schools.
“We have presented our original NCE certificates during the screening and we have been screened and qualified to teach.
“Honourable members. for example, I have read English/ PES, Some engaged teachers read Geo/PES, Maths/ PES, Econs/PES, PES/ Islamic Studies/ PES/CRS among others.
” We are qualified to teach in Secondary schools, please come to our rescue by liberating us from this situation,” he said
Responding, Hon Daniel Ogazi (APC- Kokona East), the Chairman of the Committee assured the protesting teachers that justice would be done regarding their complaints in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector.
“Your complaints have been received, the committee will sit down and look at it and justice will be done.
” But we will not compromised education standard. The right thing must be done. Those of you that are qualified, we will do the needful by giving them the opportunity to teach, ” he said .
Ogazi urged the protesting teachers to be loyal, remain peaceful, law abiding and respect constituted authorities in the interest of development.
Reacting, Alhaji Abdullahi Galadima, the TSC Chairman said that the decision taken in respect of the protesting teachers are in the best interest of the education sector.
He attributed it to the mistake that was done during the earlier engagement.
” All other issues regarding to degree, NCE has been taking care of except those that read Primary Education Studies (PES).
“The engagement which was done before my coming was supposed to be for those that read secondary school courses but those who fall within primary schools were incorporated.
” And this is the major problem we are facing at the moment and we cannot issue their appointment letters for now because there are no room for that, ” he said.
He denied the rumour making round that the commission has shortchanged some teachers and has involved in employment racketeering.
It has been recalled that the immediate past governor of Nasarawa State, Sen.Tanko Al-Makura has engaged over 2000 secondary teachers before Gov. Abdullahi Sule approved their Permanent appointments.
Nasarawa State Government has assured the Newly Employed Teachers whose Names were omitted that their appointment letters will soon be for collection. Addressing section of aggrieved teachers in her office, the State Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Hajia Fati Jimaita Sabo said, the ministry is in touch with the Teachers Service Commission to resolve all issues delaying their appointment letters. She, therefore, urged the affected teachers to remain calm and be law-abiding. Earlier, the leader of the affected teachers Mr. John Ewuga appealed to the Commissioner to intervene in their plight maintaining that those with PES ( Primary Education Studies) as their first and second qualification are not qualified to teach in secondary schools.