The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, has demoted a head teacher to a gateman over certificate forgery. Over 758 teachers were sent to lower grades for using fake certificates while a total of 700 ghost teachers were uncovered.
The chairman of the board, Stephen Odey, said they had received several petitions over the presence of unqualified teachers in the system making the action imperative.
“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 marvellous,” he said.
Odey, said it was humane to only demote, and not sack, those found to have used forged certificates to gain entry into service.
“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 traumatising,” he said.
He said those on lower levels, such as care-givers and security men, who had acquired additional qualifications had been redeployed as teachers while others with genuine certificates are being promoted.