The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board in Kaduna, Tijjani Abdullahi, has said about 233 primary school teachers with fake certificates will be dismissed by the state government.
Speaking during a press conference in Kaduna on Thursday, the chairman of the board, Tijjani Abdullahi said the affected teachers will also be prosecuted and their names published on the website of the state government.
He stated that as part of the steps of the board to ensure that teachers possess the qualification they claimed, it embarked on a certificate verification exercise in April.
According to him, the aim was to ensure that all teachers have the requisite credentials that constitute the basic qualifications for employment as teachers.
He revealed that 233 certificates were discovered to be ‘fake’ out of 451 certificates the broad verified from 13 institutions so far.
He also said the 233 teachers with the fake certificates would be dismissed and prosecuted.
He further said that as part of board’s transparency, the names of the 233 teachers with fake certificates would be uploaded on the state government’s website.
Abdullahi said, “The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) wishes to update you on recent developments in its continuous quest to improve standards in public basic education schools.
“As part of its responsibility to ensure that all teachers actually have the qualifications they presented, the Board launched a certificate verification exercise in April 2021.
“The major objective of this exercise was to ensure that all our teachers have the requisite credentials that constitute the basic qualifications for employment as teachers.
“So far, the Board has verified 451 certificates by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates. Nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded, as of today.
“The responses from the institutions show that 233 teachers presented fake certificates. This represents 51% of the 451 certificates on which responses have been received from the awarding institutions. One institution disowned 212 of these 233 fake certificates.
“The Board will dismiss the 233 teachers who presented these fake certificates, while their files will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery.”