By Jacob Ope Dadebo
This special operation by the BNI is aimed at flushing out all unqualified teachers whose names, through some clandestine means, have found their way onto the GES payroll thereby increasing the wage bill of public service sector. The exercise will cover all teachers in the public basic and second cycle schools.
The exercise had already taken in some other regions. For instance, in the Brong-Ahafo Region, 120 teachers were uncovered with fictitious documents and qualifications in the Service.
It has been hailed by a section of the public as very timely and prudent because of the fallen standards of education in the country.
Upon request, teachers are expected to produce documents, including their Appointment Letters, three most current pay slips (August-October) , BECE, WASSCE/SSSCE, Teacher’s Certificates (Professional and Academic ), Diplomas and Degree Certificates, promotion and upgrading letters as well as any valid national ID.
When this reporter visited some of the public schools in the Greater Accra Metropolis, some of the teachers disclosed that this was the fifth time such certificate auditing and verification was being undertaken by various Government agencies, including that of Public Services Commission, which undertook the exercise only last month. They expressed their frustrations because they did not know when the exercise would end.
Prior to the BNI exercise, the various districts, metropolitan and regional directorates of Education have also conducted such audits.