Low turnout was recorded yesterday at the venues of the Teachers Development Needs Assessment (TDNA) otherwike known as Competency Test organised by Ekiti State Government for teachers in its employ.
While some secondary school teachers billed to write the test yesterday showed up at the centres, others stayed away in disagreement with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Seconadary Schools (ASUSS) that directed them to participate.
The teachers alongside their primary school counterparts had some months back shunned the examination, saying they did not trust its conduct as necessary things were not put in place first.
But last weekend, while primary school teachers still stuck to their guns not to participate in their test scheduled for today, ASUSS leadership directed its members to participate in the exercise yesterday.
However, at Olaoluwa Muslims Grammar School, Ado Ekiti, where over 3,000 secondary school teachers were to converge for the examination, only 35 were present, while only 28 teachers wrote the TDNA at African Church Comprehensive High School, Ikere Ekiti, where about 3, 000 were billed to write.
This was as Education Commissioner Dr Eniola Ajayi said the defiat teachers would regret their action, saying the fact that some participated was enough to break new grounds.
Ajayi told journalists at Ikere Ekiti that it was quite unfortunate that teachers still abstained from the TDNA despite concerted efforts and series of information from the government that it was not targeted at sacking any of them.
The commissioner, who reiterated the government’s plan to develop the teachers with the assessment, lamented: “You could see the level of failure recorded in West African Examination Council and National Examination Council this year. This is to tell you the level of rot in the system and how far we have gone in clamping down on examination malpractices”.
But the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Media and Information Dirctor Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, said yesterday that the standoff between government and teachers was adversely affecting education development and the future of the state.
Senior special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matter, Mr Ojo Arogundade, who said police presence at the centres was to prevent breakdown of law and order, advised teachers to drop their stance, participate in the test and give room for mutual relationship between them and government.