Screen­ing ex­er­cise re­veals names of un­der­aged teach­ers in Niger

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

As c r e e n i n g com­mit­tee set up by the Chan­changa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area in Niger State un­earthed glar­ing anom­alies in the re­cruit­ment into the Coun­cil ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity.

Among the anom­alies is the emer­gence of names of un­der­aged teach­ers on the pay­roll of the Coun­cil.

Doc­u­ments ob­tained by the Daily Trust also showed that let­ters ap­point­ing prospec­tive teach­ers into the ser­vice of the coun­cil were is­sued on week­ends in­stead of week­days, while some ap­point­ments were back­dated by sev­eral years.

In one of the doc­u­ments, one Sa’adatu Ab­dul­ra­haman, fe­male with PS num­ber E23/09001035, al­legedly born some­time in1990,ob­tained a Nige­ria Cer­tifi­cate in Ed­u­ca­tion(NCE) and was em­ployed as a class teacher in 2001.

The doc­u­ment showed that the af­fected per­son is on grade level 06 step 2 and teaches at Gbang­bapi Pri­mary School.

Sim­i­larly the doc­u­ment showed that one Haf­sat Adamu with PS num­ber E6/09/01232, born in 1994, was ap­pointed a class teacher in 2010 on grade level 03 step two at the age of 16.

Also, Zainab Abubakar was al­legedly born in 1984 and ap­pointed by the coun­cil’s ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity in 1999 at the age of 15, while Binta Ibrahim was al­legedly born 1985 and was ap­pointed by the coun­cil in 1998 at the age of 13.

The doc­u­ments re­veal that one Fa­tima Ibrahim has her ap­point­ment with the coun­cil con­firmed on 1/9/2001, a date the screen­ing com­mit­tee said was Satur­day. Hadiza Waziri, Adamu Pa­tri­cia and Aliyu Musa, all class teach­ers, al­legedly have the same prob­lem of be­ing ap­pointed on Satur­days.

The com­mit­tee also re­ceived a com­mu­ni­ca­tion from a fe­male class teacher in Dusten Kura pri­mary school in the lo­cal govern­ment area al­leg­ing that her ap­point­ment let­ter reads 01/06/2010 but was given to her on 01/12/2015.

The chair­man of the lo­cal govern­ment area, Yususf Inuwa Fuka could not be reached for com­ment, while a com­mit­tee mem­ber who craved anonymity said they would ad­dress a press con­fer­ence after the com­ple­tion of their as­sign­ment.

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