20,000 Apply For Jobs As Bauchi Govt Gets Set To Replace Striking Teachers

governoryugudaThe sour relationship between Bauchi State government and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has taken a further nose dive as the state government plans to replace the teachers.

Chairman of the state Teachers Service Commission,  Alhaji Yahaya Baba, said over 20,000 people have applied for jobs as teachers, and that the government plans to carry out a recruitment exercise following the refusal of secondary school teachers to call off their strike.

“Government directed TSC to terminate the appointment of any teacher who failed to resume duty last Monday and the state government is making plans to replace them. Already, the Ministry of Education has requested for 3,000 teachers, while the state’s education board requested for 2,000 teachers. If the striking teachers refuse to resume duties, we have no option than to terminate their appointments and replace them with those we have on ground, but the commission will ensure that they are given their due entitlements and retirement benefits,” he said.

While stating that the commission is awaiting further directives from the state government as regards the termination of appointments of the striking secondary school teachers, Baba added that no teacher can hold the government to ransom.

Meanwhile chairman of ASSUS, Comrade Abdullahi Tanko Ningi, has called for the sack of the commissioner of justice, Barrister Almustapha Suleiman Hassan, for what he called ineptitude and breach of oath of office.

Ningi who accused the state government of being the complainant, prosecutor and judge in the matter called on the striking teachers not to resume work until government meets their demands.

He maintained that there would be no national examination in Bauchi State if the state government fails to meet their demands.