54 new ‘teachers’ face arrest
FIFTY-FOUR applicants in the 2018/2019 teacher recruitment process face arrest for presenting fake academic qualifications.
Government has been scrutinising academic papers presented by the applicants during the recruitment process and discovered forged documents.
Acting General Education Minister Elizabeth Phiri said in Lusaka yesterday that the forged papers had been submitted to law enforcement agencies for punitive action.
The minister said this in Lusaka yesterday when she released the 2018/2019 teacher recruitment outcome.
Ms Phiri said 2009 applicants out of 27, 000 had been selected.
She also assured 245 teachers who have not been on the payroll due to technical challenges that they would be included in the February salaries.
Ms Phiri said it was unfortunate that during the consultative process some unscrupulous people took advantage and issued fake appointment letters to unsuspecting applicants.
The minister prodded those issued with fake appointment letters to report to the police, Anti-Corruption Commission and the Ministry of General Education.
Government, she said, was saddened with the continued misinformation through social media by what she termed enemies.
‘‘I now direct that all selected teachers should immediately report to their respective provincial education officers for collection of their appointment letters and guidance,’’ she said.
And Teaching Service Commission chairperson Stanley M’hango described the process as having been corrupt-free.
Lately, there had been an outcry that the outcome of the selection process had taken long.
I now direct that all selected teachers should immediately report to their respective provincial education officers for collection of their appointment letters and guidance. -Ms Phiri