Abeokuta - The Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has suspended 1 024 teachers for falsification of certificates and other irregularities.
This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abeokuta by the Chairman of SUBEB, Chief Mufutau Ajibola.
According to the statement, the affected teachers are among the 6 531 out of the 19 154 earlier screened in an exercise conducted by a firm of consultants.
The consultants verified the teachers' claims in the form of statements of result and attestation letters from over 50 higher institutions across the country.
A final report submitted to the State Government by the CITC Consulting on Nov. 26, indicated that 475 teachers were suspended for possessing forged certificates and not having their attestation letters confirmed by the institutions they presented.
No fewer than 274 teachers were suspended for not appearing for the screening exercise and 236 for being out rightly unqualified and 12 for exceeding statutory length of service.
The report also indicated that 11 were suspended for age discrepancies, 14 others were discovered to have died while two of the suspended teachers were considered to be impostors.
Ajibola said the suspension took immediate effect pending formal determination of the cases by the panel established in the Office of the Head of Service.
He added that the document was being compiled for presentation to the state Police Command for prosecution.
Ajibola described the exercise as thorough and restated government’s commitment to flush out persons who "are polluting a noble and respected profession".
The state Commissioner for Education, Mr Segun Odubela, said the exercise "is about quality assurance of the state human capital development".