Bizarre: Ghost Teachers on the Increase

Ghost teachers on the increase (credit: watchdog)

It was recently discovered that about 753 teachers in Cross River State were sacked for having fake certificates. The most scary aspect is that another 700 ghost workers were discovered in the teaching service of the state. This was made known by the Chairman of Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Dr. Stephen Odey. He said 758 personnel had fake certificates while another 700 ghost teachers were discovered on the payroll of teachers. This is the same state where a Head Teacher found wanting during the audit exercise was demoted from a head teacher of grade level 13 to a security staff of grade level 4. The bizarre observation is that the 758 teachers with fake certificates were not sacked but demoted. This, according Dr. Odey was done because if 758 teachers were sacked and thrown back into the labour market, this will increase crime rate in the state and these teachers have families to feed. Based on this position, those who were not qualified to be teachers in the first place were given soft landing by keeping them in a place where they ‘faked’ certificate to get into. Imagine this, in only one state you have 753 teachers with fake certificates and another 700 ghost workers in the teaching service. Please how ‘real’ teachers are actually in that state?

This may not be breaking news but it is indeed trending. The rise in ghost workers in the teaching sector is a worrisome development. The output of the primary and post primary education handled by ghost and fake teachers reflects on University education. The quality of education at the primary and post-primary levels could be questioned with ghosts and quacks allowed to exist there. Meanwhile what do you think about the argument of the UBEB boss, Dr. Odey that the 758 teachers with fake certificates were not sacked but demoted in order not to throw them back into the labour market?

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. Okonkwo chukwu nonso (Q3) 201645090

    IT IS ABSOLUTE ABSURD OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CROSS RIVER UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION BOARD SHOULD NOT HAVE ALLOW DOES UNQUALIFIED TEACHER WITHOUT CERTIFICATE TO STILL REMAIN IN EDUCATIO SECTOR . HE SUPPOSING TO DISCIPLINE THEM FOR BRING A FLASE CERTIFICATE AND ALSO SHOULD HAVE LIFT THEIR JOB FOR THEM TO BE A LESSON OF THESE UN QUALIFIED TEACHER IN THE STATE WITH OUT A GEUINE CERTIFICATE THEY HOLD WITH THESE QUACK ANDUNQULAIFIED TEACHER INTHE EDUCATION SECTOR THEY MAKE THE EDUCATION LOSSES THEIR STANDARD I LIKE TO COMMEND ON THE CHAIRMAN OF UBEB FOR FISH OUT THESE UNQUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THE STATE.

  2. Okeke Chiamaka Gabriella Number:21

    This is Incredible… I Wonder who employed these teachers and how they got employed…If they have been delivery their service very well, they should be considered and be retained because, they all have families to feed.

  3. they should be sacked at immediate effect

  4. Really Nigeria need people like Dr odey.

  5. I think the should be sacked immediately, so that such actions won’t be repeated again for more insecurity

    Quiz number 18

    Reg number :2016054049
    Group number 15 A

  6. This makes evident the case of Laxity amongst employer’s, Proper screening and interview should have taken place in other to curb those with low qualification’s.
    Group: 15
    Quiz number: 20

  7. Chukwunedu Nkechi Fransisca

    Leaving them in the education sector isn’t wise buh taken them out by sacking them will be terrible. Crime will definitely be increased in the state, he should take out some people wit really low qualification
    Quiz no:22
    Reg no: 2016054002
    Group no: 15

  8. Okeke Chiamaka Gabriella Number:21

    The teachers that really know what they doing should be considered while others should be sacked so that the unemployed graduate should have job opportunity
    Group 15A

  9. Schools authoritoes should be very careful, they should know who they employ as lecturer in their schools.
    Quiz no 07
    Reg 2016054081
    Group 15A

  10. why are they complaining.where their eyes closed when they were takin those teachers in..why is its now that they wil now have to complain
    group 15
    quiz no 27

  11. there should be full evidence that should be considered before offering the job out,and not just employing like that…quiz no.
    (53)

  12. Chidozie Chiazokam Jennifer

    Nigerians should be really watchful and careful in employing teachers. We all should also work on insecurity
    Group no:15A
    Quiz no:31

  13. That’s same corruption we are talking about… When they were employing them they didn’t no okwaya… Thank God at least other graduate will have a chance of being selected…Can to imagine!!!

    1. can you imagine…

  14. OMG!!! How can someone use a fake certificate to impact knowledge of what he or she knows nothing about…they should be sacked as soon as possible because I don’t know what they are doing there.

  15. want to thank the chairman for job well done in rivers state and this not only happens in the state but Nigeria at large so the federal government should look into the issue of ghost workers in the country at large… and not only in the area of teaching and also in other fields too…
    group 15 A
    (13)

  16. School authorities should mind who they employ as teachers.

    Same corruption all the time.

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