No few than 248 fake teachers have been uncovered in nine local government areas of Cross Rivers state by the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board. Following the ongoing personal audit of teachers in the state by SUBEB, it was discovered that the bulk of the exposed teachers were in the nine LGAs out of the 18 council areas where the audit of teachers had been completed.
Confirming this, a top official of SUBEB, who preferred anonymity,said “the facts are there, we will disclose the total number of fake teachers at the end of the audit exercise. But so far, 248 have been uncovered in nine LGAs.”
However, the discovery has caused a squabble between the Nigeria Union of Teachers and SUBEB on the claims that the audit process was fraught with victimization. The leadership of NUT had protested to the State House of Assembly calling for an immediate suspension of the ongoing audit of teachers.
In a bid to settle the squabble, the House of Assembly came into the matter by initially suspending the audit exercise, but after a meeting with the feuding parties, SUBEB was directed to continue with the personnel audit of teachers in the state primary school sector.
Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Mr. Friday Okpechi, while resolving the issue between the two bodies said the audit exercise would continue in the remaining nine LGAs that had yet to be screened. He however asked SUBEB to announce new dates and time for the continuation of the personnel audit exercise in the remaining LGAs, adding that the teachers be given fair hearing.
Mr. Okpechi directed the SUBEB Chairman, Dr. Stephen Odey, to return seized original certificates to their rightful owners.
“Sufficient and timely radio and television announcements should be made to inform teachers of the requirements necessary for the smooth conduct of the exercise. The panel should not request for school fees receipts as prerequisite for screening” he cautioned.