The cases of about 758 teachers who were demoted have been reported in Calabar for presenting fake teaching certificates.
NAIJ.com gathered that a head teacher with the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on level 13 has been demoted to the post of a gateman on level 4 while 758 others were sent to lower levels for using fake certificates to gain employment into the service.
Vanguard reports that the chairman of SUBEB, Dr Stephen Odey that: “We got a lot of petitions from stakeholders intimating us about the presence of teachers in the system who are using fake certificates and we had to embark on a screening of the teachers across the state and what we saw was marvelous.”
Dr Odey also added that: “If we sacked all the teachers with fake certificates, the crime rate in the state will increase and also the governor of the state believes that there should be food on the table of everyone in the state. So we had to mete out justice with mercy by only demoting them, which is quite traumatizing.”
He revealed that those with genuine certificates are being promoted, while some who were employed as security men and care-givers but have acquired additional qualifications, have been redeployed as class teachers.
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