Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Head Teacher demoted to post of gateman over fake certificate

Head Teacher demoted to post of gateman over fake certificate

A Head Teacher with the Cross River State Universal Basic Edu­cation Board on Grade Level 13 who used fake certificate to gain employment has been demoted to the post of a gate­man on Grade Level 04.

The Head Teacher includ­ing 758 others were sent to lower grade levels for using fake certificates to gain em­ployment.

Chairman of SUBEB, Calabar division, Dr. Ste­phen Odey said that over 758 teachers with fake certificates and 700 ghost teachers were uncovered during a recent screening by the board across the state.

He said: “We got a lot of petitions from stakeholders intimating us about the pres­ence of teachers in the system who are using fake certifi­cates and we had to embark on a screening of the teachers across the state and what we saw was marvellous.”

According to him, the teachers were not retrenched but demoted because of the fear of increase in crime rates.

“No punitive measures apart from demotions and suspensions, would be ap­plied on the culprits. Mea­sures have been put in place to ensure that recruitment into the state teaching service is devoid of malpractices and fake certificate syndrome as in the past.

“If we sack all the teach­ers with fake certificates, the crime rate in the state will in­crease and also the governor of the state believes that there should be food on the table of everyone in the state.

“So we had to mete out justice with mercy by only demoting them, which is quite traumatising.”

He added that those with original certificates are be­ing promoted, while some who were employed as se­curity men and care-givers, but have acquired additional qualifications, have been re­deployed as class teachers.