Also, proprietors of all private schools in the state have also been directed to re-introduce religious studies into their curriculum.
Information Nigeria recalls that Christian Religious Studies was tactically suspended in all public schools in the state during the last administration under the guise that there were no qualified teachers to teach the subject in the state.
However, as a first step towards addressing the anomaly, the state government has directed that 259 Christian Religious knowledge teachers be recruited for all public schools in the state. This number will form part of the 6,000 unemployed graduates to be recruited immediately out of the 17,000 graduates that registered for the Graduate Engagement Scheme.
Addressing journalists at the end of its weekly Executive Council meeting in Minna, the state Head of Service, Barrister Abass Bello said out of the 6000 to be employed, about 1000 of them would be made to teach Christian and Islamic religious knowledge as part of the steps taken by the state government to bring back morals into the youths.
“The state government has taken this step as a deliberate way of restoring morality and discipline back into the youths as a way of denouncing crime and toeing the path of peace,” he explained.
He explained that the successful candidates will undergo 3 months training during which graduates of Universities and Polytechnics will be paid N10,000 monthly allowance while those with Ordinary Diploma and National Certificate in Education (NCE) will be paid N8000 monthly before being formerly absorbed under the civil service rules.
It was reliably gathered that most of the 6000 underlisted will be posted to various schools to teach while others will be engaged in agriculture.