The Head Teacher, whose identity was not disclosed, was demoted for using fake certificates to gain employment into the service. He was demoted from Grade Level 13  to Level 04.

Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey,  wh announced the demotion, said over 758 other teachers with fake certificates and 700 ghost teachers were uncovered during a recent screening exercise across the state.

Dr. Odey said the fake certificates have been confiscated from their owners. He added that although no punitive measures, apart from demotions and suspensions, would be applied on the culprits, measures have been put in place to ensure that recruitment into the state teaching service is devoid of malpractices.

 “If we sacked all the teachers with fake certificates, the crime rate in the state will increase and also the governor of the state believes that there should be food on the table of everyone in the state. “So we had to mete out justice with mercy by only demoting them, which is quite traumatising.”