A total number of 62,000 applicants yesterday sat for qualifying and aptitude test to teach in secondary schools across the 23 local government areas of Kaduna state.

Alhaji Ja'faru Sani, the state Commisioner for Education, Science and Technology, said in a statement that “out of the number, the State Government will recruit only 7,600 qualified teachers that will teach in the state’s public secondary schools.

“Today in this centre and many other centres across the state, the applicants were writing the aptitude test to be considered for the teaching positions.

“We had to do the screening in phases because we earlier envisaged a manageable number but ended up with more than 60,000 applicants seeking to join the teaching service of the state government.

“Because of logistics and the need to have a conducive environment for the examination, we decided to stagger the screening exercise, starting with over 30,000 HND, B.Ed., B.sc, Masters and Ph.D holders.

“The over 31,000 NCE holders will be invited for the examination at no distant time.”

Alhaji Sani further said that “the recruitment was part of the current administration’s efforts to address the problem of teacher quality in public schools.”

He noted that the goal of the present administration was to achieve better education service delivery for all by 2030.

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