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Plateau sacks 122 pri­mary school teach­ers over fake certs

- Nigeria News · Society · Education · Plateau State · Nigeria · Jos · Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)

The Plateau State Univer­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board (SUBEB) has sacked 122 pri­mary school teach­ers dis­cov­ered to have gained em­ploy­ment with fake cer­tifi­cates.

Prof. Mathew Sule, chair­man of the board, dis­closed this dur­ing a press brief­ing on Tues­day in Jos.

He said the de­vel­op­ment fol­lowed the in­tense screening ex­er­cise re­cently con­ducted by the board for teach­ers in the state.

He ex­plained that the de­ci­sion to sack the erring teach­ers was in con­so­nance with the pub­lic ser­vice rules of the state and the guide­lines of the Teach­ers Regis­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nige­ria (TRCN).

“In line with the di­rec­tives by the TRCN that teach­ers without req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tions should be dis­en­gaged, we con­ducted se­ries of screening for our teach­ers.

“Of the over 15,000 teach­ers in the 2,537 pub­lic pri­mary schools in Plateau, we dis­cov­ered that 122 pre­sented fake cer­tifi­cates to us.

“We fol­lowed due process, in­clud­ing vis­it­ing the schools they claimed they have grad­u­ated from and found out they did not ac­tu­ally at­tend those schools.

“As a board that is poised to­ward qual­ity teach­ing and learn­ing at the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tional level, we de­cided to dis­miss them,” he said.

The chair­man said some of the af­fected teach­ers claimed ig­no­rance of their al­leged crim­i­nal acts, while some owned up.

Ac­cord­ing to Sule, Gover­nor Si­mon La­long had in 2017 gra­ciously granted par­don to over 2,000 teach­ers who had sim­i­lar chal­lenges, but were made to pro­vide au­then­tic cer­tifi­cates.

He ex­plained that the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem would not have the de­sired qual­ity if un­qual­i­fied teach­ers were al­lowed to re­main in it. (NAN)

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