CBE, AAU Join to Quell Rumors of Corruption

Dec 17 , 2022

The state-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) refutes the alleged leak on its recruitment exams at a press briefing held at its old headquarters around the La Gare area. Reports were circulating on social media that the exam process for the newly recruited employees was entrenched in bribes, up for sale and biased interviews. According to the Human Resources Department Deputy, Ephrem Mekruya, CBE will give job opportunities to 11,000 this year, after receiving 130,000 new applications for open positions. He disclosed that the Bank was training the staff who would interview the prospective recruits. The largest bank with assets of nearly a trillion Birr currently has 39,000 permanent employees. According to Ephrem, CBE outsources the examination process to the University, which has a "long-standing reputation for integrity." Abraraw Chane (PhD), a lecturer who also oversees the testing process by AAU, stated that the rigorous security measures are full proof against any attempts at cheating or illicit activities as the tests are coded, similar to the national exams given to senior high school students.



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