Plateau sacks 1,400 teachers over fake certificates




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JOS – Plateau Government on Wednesday said had dismissed 1,400 teachers found with fake certificates in ongoing biometric data capturing exercise.

Mrs Lyop Mang, Chairperson of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.

She said institutions where the certificates were obtained had confirmed that the certificates were not authentic.

“In some cases, certificate owners either did not complete their studies or simply failed to submit their projects.

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“In some cases, fake officers had carry-overs, which they abandoned and opted to procure fake certificates,’’ she said.

Mang said biometric exercise embarked upon by SUBEB was to sanitise the sector and ensure that only qualified teachers were allowed to teach.

“The exercise, conducted in batches, is part of efforts by the Plateau Government to improve standard of education in the state,”’ she said.

The chairperson said 13,000 teachers had been cleared, adding that those cleared had been paid their salaries up to date.

She appealed to the teachers yet to be cleared to exercise patience as the verification was still ongoing.

Mang said the committee was being meticulous to avoid discrepancies.

She, however, advised the dismissed teachers, who had evidence to counter the findings of the committee, to submit such evidences to their various institutions so that their cases would be re-investigated.(NAN)

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