Not less than 233 teachers in Kaduna State will lose their jobs for presenting fake certificates during the time of their recruitment.
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Tijani Abdullahi disclosed this last Thursday during a press conference in Kaduna.
It should be recalled that the Kaduna State Government had in 2017 recruited 25,000 new teachers after it sacked over 22,000 unqualified ones.
The SUBEB Chairman said the appointment of the teachers would be terminated since enquiries from the institutions they claimed to have attended showed that they gained employment using fake certificates.
Abdullahi said the decision to investigate the certificates of the teachers commenced in April 2021 as part of the Board’s responsibility to ensure that all teachers actually have the qualifications they presented.
According to him, the major objective of the exercise is to ensure that all our teachers have the requisite credentials that constitute the basic qualifications for employment as teachers.
The Kaduna SUBEB Chairman added that 451 certificates have so far been verified by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates, while nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded.
“So far, the Board has verified 451certificates by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates. Nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded, as of today,” he said.
“The responses from the institutions show that 233 teachers presented fake certificates. This represents 51% of the 451 certificates on which responses have been received from the awarding institutions. One institution disowned 212 of these 233 fake certificates.
“The Board will dismiss the 233 teachers who presented these fake certificates, while their files will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery. The Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that this critical profession is not devalued by impostors.
The Board also announced that it will conduct a fresh competency test for 12,254 teachers from January 2022 as part of continuous assessment of its teachers both for their own improvement and for better delivery of learning.
Source: Channels TV