The Osun State government has declared that there would be no preference for past or serving cadets of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) or anybody in the recruitment of teachers in the state.
This is just as the government disclosed that it had contracted the recruitment exercise for teachers to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for transparency.
According to the Commissioner for Education in the state, Folorunso Oladoyin in a statement during the week, no one would be treated with special preference, as recruitment would be based solely on merit.
Oladoyin urged members of the public to disregard that a section of the residents would be favoured, saying that the recruitment of teachers into public schools will not be done with sentiments.
He said, “I want to assure prospective candidates who have obtained the recruitment forms to disregard the rumour going around that the recruitment will be done in a way to favour OYES cadets who are serving or have served in the past.
“It is still an exercise that will be done based on merit; nobody is planning to do it in a way that will help only OYES cadets to get the appointments. They too will partake in the exam which will be conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, nobody can influence anything.
“We can never afford to make the same mistakes of the past; we want the best of the best as teachers to teach our children, how can we now think of such move as being peddled around? Governor Adegboyega Oyetola will never agree to that.
“I want to assure all prospective candidates that the recruitment exercise will be conducted soon, we are only being hampered by this second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are preparing and watching the trend, as soon as it abates, the recruitment process will commence.”