The verification of their certificates and documents is to be carried out to identify teachers working without the proper qualification.
The Ghana Education Service, (GES) has warned that teachers operating with fake certificates across the country will be flushed out soon. This follows the launch of an audit into the background of the teachers and non-teaching staff by the GES. According to GES, the verification of their certificates and documents is to be carried out to identify teachers working without the proper qualification.
Even though teacher unions have welcomed the move, they have also raised concerns over why their employer is now coming out with such an action. One of the leaders of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT has told Starr News that the development will bring undue pressure on teachers.
“It has never been the case over the years, because what is expected to be done is that before the person is engaged, his certificate must be properly verified, or if the person is presenting a certificate for promotion it must be verified. But it looks like some people have not done their work well over the years and some people have managed to sneak through fake certificates and so on",.
"And so they want to do some audit and find out who and who are doing those things and then maybe bring some people to book. I am confident that my members have the right certificate...the only problem we have is that it is going to put undue pressure on them because you have to avail yourself even if you are not supposed to be at the workplace at the time”, he said.
Over the years, the GES has sacked several teachers operating with fake certificates.
Last year, GNA Media Auditing and Development Tracking Project team, sponsored by Star-Ghana with focus on developmental journalism, published that 120 pupil teachers in the Upper Manya Krobo district who faked their documents had been sacked.
According to the report, teachers with as low as Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) certificates had presented false documents and were recruited into the Ghana Education Service (GES) as pupil teachers in the district.