Delta state government has said that not less than 47,000 graduate applications have so far been received following the vacancy advertisement for the recruitment of teachers by the state government.
Over three weeks ago, the state ministry of basic and secondary education opened a portal for the recruitment of teachers into science and english teaching vacancies in the post primary and vocational colleges in the state.
In a media briefing at the conference hall of the state ministry of information, the commissioner for basic education, Chiedu Ebie, told journalists that the ministry has received over 47,000 applications but only 1000 will be recruited after a competitive test to be organised by the ministry.
He said the test will be computer based and all those who succeeded at the end will be posted to rural schools for at least five years before redeployment.
He said any applicant who does not want to stay in the rural areas should not put themselves out for the examination.
He also said the employment will be done in phases, noting that at the end of the exercise, 5000 teachers will be recruited but at this first phase, only 1000 will be taken from the 47000 applicants.