Masters degree holders were among the 10, 000 applicants who stormed the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to get application forms for its primary school teachers recruitment.
Concise News understands that the Ekiti State SUBEB had announced the start of the recruitment exercise on Monday.
And as early as 6:30 am on Tuesday, thousands of applicants were at the SUBEB headquarters, Ado Ekiti, to collect the recruitment application forms.
A good number of the applicants, however, do not fall into the category of people advertised by the board.
According to the SUBEB Chairman Francesca Aladejana, the massive turnout of applicants made the commission to postpone the recruitment.
She added that it was to avoid a stampede for the applicants that besieged the commission’s office for the application forms.
“We have to postpone the excercise because we didn’t know that they will turn out in such a large number,” she told The Nation.
“We underestimated the job that young graduates are not likely to come to teach in public primary school. But I tell you today that even people with Master degrees turned up.
“Before the applicants came, we had made solid arrangements for the distribution of the forms.
“We had 16 centres, one for each local government so that we won’t have reasons for applicants rushing to collect the forms and to forestall too much crowd we specifically indicated that we want only NCE holders and graduates with teaching subjects in the primary school.”
She said, “This had gone round but to our amazement this morning, we had unprecedented crowd; the crowd was unimaginable.
“The whole place was filled up. The candidates were rushing and were out of control.
“We had pregnant women, nursing mothers carrying babies and women holding young children; all of them in the crowd.
“It was at that stage that we thought if we start distributing forms and people are rushing, there could be stampede. We don’t want any casualty.”