Following criticism, Oyo cancels application fee for prospective teachers

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Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor
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Barely twelve hours after announcing the commencement of teaching and non-teaching job recruitment, the Oyo State government has backed down on its requirement of applicants paying application fees.

A statement from the Post-Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) had on Monday stated that each applicant would pay N1000 to register.

Permanent Secretary of Oyo TESCOM, Mrs Olabisi Oderinde had also noted that the application opened Tuesday, 11th February and would close in Monday, 24th February.

Oderinde added that interested applicants were to submit their credentials through the TESCOM headquarters in Ibadan and it’s zonal offices across the state.

This development had been trailed with criticism especially from residents believed to be loyal to the leading opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Officials of the party had utilised various radio programmes in the state to voice their opinions while also suggesting that the recruitment process might be less transparent since application is being done on paper.

In response to the development, Governor Seyi Makinde ordered that the forms should be free for all applicants.

“Also, forms must also be given in all TESCOM Zonal offices free of charge to all interested qualified applicants,” Oderinde said on Tuesday morning.

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She added that shortlisted qualified applicants would later be invited for examination and interview at the TESCOM Headquarters Secretariat, lbadan.

Those eventually selected would be teaching in public schools across Oyo State.

The government was however silent about calls to make the application done online to make easier submission.

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