SUBEB uncovers 1, 458 fake teachers in Cross River
Nicholas Kalu, Calabar
The chairman of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey, Wednesday said they had uncovered 758 teachers with fake certificates and 700 ghost teachers in its ongoing verification exercise.
Addressing reporters in his office in Calabar, Odey said the exercise has saved the state government between N60 million and N70 million monthly.
He said that the exercise followed a mandate given to him by Governor Ben Ayade to sanitize the educational system across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He said that the board has put mechanism in place to ensure that further recruitment exercise into the board is devoid of fake teachers.
“In the last few months, we have been in the field carrying out personnel audit and biometric exercise across the 18 local government areas of the state.
“What we discovered was shocking. We uncovered 758 teachers with fake certificates and 700 ghost teachers who are not working but receiving salaries.
“When we found out that some of their certificates were fake, we wrote to their respectively schools to ascertain the genuineness of such certificates and they responded back to us with much disappointments.
“Young graduates with genuine certificates are everywhere looking for jobs and when you come to the educational sector that is supposed to be credible, you keep discovering teachers with fake certificates,” he said.
He said despite the stiff resistance they face, they the board will not relent in its effort in sanitizing the educational sector in the state.
Source: The Nation