The Kaduna State Government has said it would sack 233 teachers for presenting fake certificates upon the time of their recruitment.
Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Tijjani Abdullahi, disclosed this during a media briefing in Kaduna on Thursday.
Abdullahi said the decision to sack the teachers was reached after inquiries from the institutions they claimed to have attended revealed that they presented fake certificates.
“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 primary 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 replies 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. The Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that impostors do not devalue this critical profession”
“As part of our duty of transparency, the names of the 233 teachers found to have presented fake certificates will be uploaded on the website of the Kaduna State Government today,” Abdullahi said.