54 new ‘teach­ers’ face ar­rest

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By MUKOSELA KASALWE

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

Ms Phiri

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