Anambra: Uproar As Education Commissioner Calls Teacher ‘Idiot’

Jun 20, 2022 - 15:51
Jun 20, 2022 - 15:52
Anambra: Uproar As Education Commissioner Calls Teacher ‘Idiot’

Tony Okafor, Awka

Condemnations have trailed Anambra State commissioner for Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, for calling an applicant teacher idiot.

The applicant was seeking clarification about the recently concluded teacher’s recruitment exercise in the state from her on the telephone.

The commissioner was reacting to reports that there was a stampede in one of the examination centres where the recruitment exercise held, as applicants surged to enter the hall before others.

The commissioner had previously been accused of being rash to applicants, and had on one occasion been credited of saying that she answered 3,000 calls in one hour about the recruitment exercise and that she should not be disturbed by anybody, anymore.

In a voice note which had gone rival on social media, the commissioner while reacting to an unknown applicant who sat for the recruitment examination and was seeking information in a phone call to the commissioner was dismissed by the commissioner as a hooligan and idiot who would have no place in the education sector.

In the voice note, the Commissioner said, “Madam, you’re an idiot. You mean the computers are doing what? I received a report by 12 noon that you people refused to stand in line, you refused to be identified, you mobbed.

“You people were trying to get into the hall at the same time, you refused to be disciplined, and you have the effrontery, you stupid woman to call me on the phone and talk rubbish.

“Get out of my phone you filthy thing. You really want to be a teacher? How will you tell your students to conform to instructions, when you cannot stand in line and move line in line, and you want to be a teacher when you are behaving like hooligans.

“I have nothing for you and I have nothing to say to you. We have already examined up to 1,400 candidates and …you are all hooligans. I hope you understand me, thank you.”

The commissioner’s outburst had elicited condemnations from the public. While some commentors said people like her may be the reason the Soludo administration may fail, others said she was not worthy of being a teacher herself, let alone supervise the recruitment of other teachers.

Jude Obiora, a community leader said, “Too uncouth and unbecoming of a public servant. She owes an apology to Anambra people. She goofed big time. A huge embarrassment to the government she serves.”

For Eze Onwuji, “The Hon. Commissioner apparently has a point which she could have driven home without the uncouth aspect in language use. Her anger went to the extreme in public domain. Managing any public is not easy.

For Emmanuel Ekene,” We may need to introduce ‘Anger Management’ as a course in the Universities. Anambra no dey get luck for commissioners for education. It’s a pity. Very uncouth and unprofessional.

In his reaction, Paul Aniaso, said, “Her recommendation, support or approval of the sack of those 1,000 teachers employed by former Willie Obiano will hunt her for a long time. She want to now bring in her own people. That is why she is attacking everybody as a defence mechanism.”

Source: New National Star

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Chidi Igwe I was born in Nigeria and trained in Canada. With a Master of Arts in linguistics from the University of Regina, and PhD from Dalhousie University, I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina. I have taught French language and linguistics in various institutions, including the French Language Centre, Awka and Dalhousie University, Halifax. I am the author of Taking Back Nigeria from 419, published in 2007, and many scholarly articles in reputable academic journals. I am a passionate servant of the people.