- Over 400 teachers are said to be teaching with forged certificates by the GES
- The GES began the process aimed at identifying and flushing out all fake teachers in 2015
- A Director General. Mr Kor says all suspects have been arrested by the BNI
The over 400 teachers who were identified by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to be teaching with fake certificates have been arrested and will soon be handed over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
The GES began a verification project across the country in 2015 to identify and flush out all teachers who in one or the other were using fake certificates.
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The Director General of GES, Mr Jacob Kor revealed this at a press conference and hinted that the number was likely to increase as more than 200 teachers were identified in one district.
"Ghana Education Service mounted a crusade to weed out the fake certificates and as we speak we have gotten some fake certificates totaling over 400. In one district, we even have over 200 before the other distributions and they are still even coming in.”
He lamented the poor recruitment procedure that teachers were recruited through and said it was one of the main reasons behind the increase in the number of teachers using fake certificates in the country.
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“It is during the recruitment of the pupil teachers when due diligence is not done that people enter with fake certificates and even with the current technology that is existing, people are able to produce certificates that if you look at it at the face value without time to go into the details, you will never realize that it is a fake certificate.”
Mr Kor also said that they were able to unravel the source where the certificates and fake promotion letters and documents were forged from. “We have picked up all those people. The law will take its on course,” he said
He said his outfit were going to ensure that the culprits were sanctioned and had even gone ahead to hand them over to the BNI.