Comrade Rodney Nathan, Chairman of Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT), Adamawa State, has said about 26,000 applications were received for 1,500 teaching vacancies in the state.
Nathan also dispelled the rumour that Governor Jibirilla Bindow has cancelled the planned employment of teachers, due to lack of budgetary appropriation.
In May 2018, Adamawa State Government had announced the vacancies.
According to Nathan, "Yes, about 26,000 people applied for 1,500 teaching job vacancies, but 18,000 have filled and returned their application forms.
"But some of those who applied are already teachers at the primary school level, so as a committee saddled with the employment, we looked at the criteria for employment, and we found out that only the unemployed are eligible to apply for the jobs at secondary school level.
"Therefore, we've categorised applicants into two groups, that is, A and B; group A consists of those qualified to apply, based on the criteria, while group B is made up of the others.
"Very soon, lists of both groups will be pasted in all the 21 local government areas for applicants to identify where they belong.”
The NUT chairman also debunked rumours that the recruitment had been called off by the governor.
He equally advocated pay rise for teachers and the rest of civil servants, stating that NUT “strongly advocates the implementation of N56,000 national minimum wage before the end of 2018”.
He, however, expressed worry that a number of states in the country were yet to implement the N18,000 national minimum wage.
"As I speak with you, there are states that have not implemented the national minimum wage yet,” he stated.