The Kaduna State Government has fired 233 teachers for allegedly presenting forged diplomas during their recruitment process.
During a news conference in Kaduna on Thursday, Tijjani Abdullahi, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, revealed this.
The teachers were fired, he added, after enquiries from the universities they claimed to have attended revealed that they had given forged qualifications.
The board’s decision to investigate the teachers’ certifications began in April 2021, according to the SUBEB Chairman, as part of the board’s mission to guarantee that all teachers have the qualifications they claim.
According to him, the exercise’s main goal is to verify that all of our teachers have the required credentials, which are the minimum requirements for employment as teachers.
The Kaduna SUBEB Chairman added that 451 certificates have so far been verified by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates, while nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded.
The Board has verified 451 certificates so far by contacting the institutions that issued them. “As of today, nine of the thirteen colleges contacted have responded,” he stated.
“According to the institutions’ reply, 233 teachers presented forged certificates. This reflects 51% of the 451 certificates for which responses from the granting institutions have been received. 212 of the 233 bogus certifications were repudiated by one institution.
“The 233 teachers who presented these forged diplomas will be fired by the Board, and their files will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for forgery prosecution.” The Board will continue to examine the authenticity of diplomas provided by instructors to ensure that impostors do not degrade this important profession.
The identities of the 233 teachers found to have presented false certificates will be posted on the Kaduna State Government’s website today as part of our transparency obligation.”
The Board also announced that it will conduct a fresh competency test for 12,254 teachers from January 2022 as part of continuous assessment of its teachers both for their own improvement and for better delivery of learning.
It will be recalled that the Kaduna State Government had in 2017 recruited 25,000 new teachers after it sacked over 22,000 unqualified ones following a competency.