Anambra State Government on Thursday commenced the conduct of Computer-Based Tests for applicants for the 2023 teachers’ recruitment exercise.
In this second batch of teachers’ recruitment going on under the present administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo, 3000 teachers are targeted, for Post Primary School Service Commission, PPSSC and the State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB.
The recruitment is driven by the Commission and the Board, with technical support from the State ICT Agency.
Our correspondent who visited some of the centres in Awka, reports a seamless exercise which started as early as 7am.
The applicants were verified by the ICT Agency technical staff with their national identity cards and examination slip before they were allowed into the CBT hall for the examination which lasted for about only 30 minutes.
Speaking at the Staff Development Centre, Awka, venue for the ASUBEB examination, Dr. Vera Nkiru Nwadinobi, the ASUBEB Chairman, disclosed that over 19,500 applications were received on the application portal, with the applicants grouped in batches for the examination.
According to her, the CBT tests are part of the governor’s strategies to train digital teachers, who will drive the vision of digital schools in the state.
“There is no way we can have smart schools when the teachers are not ICT compliant, hence the need to conduct the computer-based tests,” she said.
Dr Nwadinobi made it clear that the latest recruitment exercise is to fill the shortfall in the number of teachers in hard-to-reach communities of the state, reminding the applicants that the Board will not entertain any application for transfers when recruited.
She assured that the partnership with the State ICT Agency is critical to ensure that process is seamless and failproof.
Also speaking, Prof Nkechi Ikediugwu, the Chairman of PPSSC, observed that the CBT process will help address the numerous bottlenecks associated with paper examinations for teachers’ recruitment.
On his part, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, CFA, the MD/CEO of the State ICT Agency, said his agency is providing technical support for the process, as the government agency with the mandate to deliver the ‘Everything Technology and Technology Everywhere’ vision of Mr. Governor.
“What we are looking at is a situation where we provide the millieu for the full exploration of technology across board and there can be no end to the benefits for Anambra people.
“That’s Mr Governor’s vision and that’s what we are driving,” he said.
Some of the applicants, Okonkwo Emmanuella and Michael Maduako, who spoke with our correspondent commended the initiative of the CBT tests, saying it has done away with so many bottlenecks usually characteristic of such exercises.
Recall that Governor Soludo had earlier last year recruited 5,000 teachers in specific areas of need.
Therefore, the ICT Agency is providing technical support in line with our mandate and in support of Mr. Governor’s vision for a technologically sound state