SUBEB uncovers over 200 ghost teachers
PUNCH NG: The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board has uncovered over 200 fake teachers in nine local government areas of the state.
Following the ongoing personal audit of teachers in the state by SUBEB, it was discovered that the bulk of the exposed teachers were in the nine LGAs out of the 18 council areas where the audit of teachers had been completed.
Those found culpable had fake certificates while others were ghost teachers, dead teachers whose salaries were still being drawn on monthly basis, among others.
The discovery had pitched the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers against SUBEB on the claims that the audit process was fraught with victimisation.
The leadership of NUT had protested to the state House of Assembly calling for an immediate suspension of the ongoing audit of teachers.
However, in a bid to settle the rift, the House of Assembly waded into the matter by initially suspending the audit exercise, but after a meeting with the feuding parties, SUBEB was directed to continue with the personnel audit of teachers in the state primary school sector.
Our correspondent learnt on Thursday that SUBEB was also mandated to sack those found to be parading fake certificates.
Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Mr. Friday Okpechi, had while resolving the issue between SUBEB and NUT, said the audit exercise would continue in the remaining nine LGAs that had yet to be screened.
While calling on SUBEB to announce new dates and time for the continuation of the personnel audit exercise in the remaining LGAs, Okpechi cautioned that the teachers be given fair hearing.
He further directed the SUBEB Chairman, Dr. Stephen Odey, to return seized original certificates to their rightful owners.
“Sufficient and timely radio and television announcements should be made to inform teachers of the requirements necessary for the smooth conduct of the exercise. The panel should not request for school fees receipt as prerequisite for screening,” he added.
The Okpechi-led committee also told the SUBEB chairman to immediately constitute a fresh screening panel to include NUT, ALGON and the Ministry of Education.