As unemployment rate inches up to 33.5 per cent this year according to the 2019 report of the National Bureau Statistics (NBS), no fewer than 50,000 applicants applied for 1,000 vacant teaching jobs announced by the Lagos state government late last year.
An official of the states Civil Service Commission, Mr Suru Avoseh, was said to had disclosed the figure during a New Year Party organised by the Badagry Women Development Forum on Sunday in Badagry.
Lagos state government had in November 2019 announced to employ 1,000 teachers into its public secondary schools across the state and had received about 50,000 entries.
Some of the applicants that qualified for the job had since been invited for examination.
He said, After the examination, those that passed and meet up with the standard will be called for oral interviews.
At present, some of the applicants who succeeded in the examination have started receiving text messages through their phone numbers.
It is certain that not everybody that applied for the job will be employed, and not all that passed the examination will be given employment.
He also hinted that in a short while, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Civil Service Commission would open vacancies for various employment.
We will soon start employment too; every motion has been put in place and we have discussed it with the Head of Service.
Currently, we have commenced staff auditing to know the number of vacancies to be filled up.
It is after the auditing that the commission will be able to tell Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu the number of staff to be employed.
So, we are making the preparation now, Avoseh said.