More than 400 teachers who have been identified by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to be teaching with fake certificates, have been handed over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
This is according to the Director General of GES, Jacob Kor.
In 2015, the GES began a verification process across the country to flush out all teachers using fake certificates.
At a press briefing in Accra, Mr. Kor said the number is 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.”
Mr. Kor attributed the surge in the number of teachers using fake certificates in the country to the poor recruitment processes the teachers are taken through.
“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 revealed that teachers found culpable will be sanctioned.
“Those people are not left alone to go scot free. We have handed them over to the BNI as we speak now and we have been able to trace the source where the certificates and fake promotion letters and documents are originating from. We have picked up all those people. The law will take its on course,” he said.