Shocking details: Borno discovers teachers with fake certificates – official

Borno Universal Education Board, says it discovered some primary school with fake certificates in its ongoing screening , News Agency of Nigeria has reported.

Dr Shettima Kulima, Executive Chairman of board, announced discovery while briefing newsmen on activities of board in the past one year on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

Kulima, who did not give number of involved, said board also came across with genuine certificates but lacked to teach.

According to him, there is a teacher, who tendered genuine certificate of BA in English but does not know the past tense of ‘stand’.

“This so called graduate said the past tense of stand is ‘standed’.

“Another teacher said the past tense of ‘run’ is ‘runned’ instead of ran.

“We are committed to training and retraining of our teachers but some of those teachers are not even trainable, talk less of retraining them,’’ Kulima said.

He hinted that the state government had approved the matching grant universal basic education projects in the state.

The executive chairman added that due to the CONVID-19, the board, in collaboration with organisations like UNICEF and Save the Fund, had started learning-at-home programme through radio pupils.

He said that solar powered transistor radio had been provided to be shared to most vulnerable in the communities as part of the programme.

Kulima said that members of the School Base Management Committees (SBMC) will be involved in the distribution of the transistors so that it would reach the targeted people.

He lauded the Federal Government the reintroduction of history as a subject in schools but said the state was faced with the challenge of getting teachers the subject.

According to him, teachers handling social studies cannot teach history.

“The irony is that a history teacher can teach social studies and government but a social studies teacher cannot teach history,’’ he said.

Newsdiaryonline recalls that several states especially in northern Nigeria states had to grapple with the issue of poor teacher qualifications.In Kaduna state for instance, it was a hot potato of some sort as the Governor Nasir El-Rufai defiantly sacked unqualified teachers earlier on.(With reports by NAN)