A Head Teacher on Grade Level 13 has been demoted to a gateman on Grade Level 4 following an audit in the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB,

The Head Teacher was one of 759 staff employed by the service who were demoted for having used fake certificates to gain employment.

Dr. Stephen Odey, Chairman of SUBEB, told Vanguard in Calabar that over 758 teachers with fake certificates and 700 ghost teachers were uncovered during a recent screening by the board across the state.

He said: “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.”

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He added that there would be no criminal punishments for the offenders, only demotions and suspensions as necessary.

“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.”

It wasn’t all punishments as those who had genuine certificates were also offered promotions.