CIAA to launch nation-wide probe into teachers’ certificates

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has directed its regional offices to probe into the academic qualification certificates of all teachers employed in community and government schools.

The anti-graft body took the step in response to increasing complaints over the teachers’ qualifications and accountability of the previously carried out investigation, and in view of the high number of resignations tendered by teachers during preliminary investigations.

The commission’s Joint Spokesperson Keshav Prasad Ghimire said the directive was issued to discourage a trend seen among teachers of using fake certificates when applying for jobs and for promotion. Ghimire said teachers are regarded as idols of morality and dignity in the society and tasked with guiding students.

The anti-graft body has asked concerned District Education Offices to collect teachers’ certificates and hand them over to the commission’s offices.

The directive from the commission in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur calls for verification of educational certificates provided by the educational institutes based in the country and for further probe into the other educational certificates.

The decision will also be effective in addressing the absence of actual detail on teachers’ educational qualification registered at the Department of Education and Department of Teachers Personal Records under the Ministry of Education.

Of the total 162,000 seats, 107,000 teachers hold permanent status while the rest are working on a temporary contracts.

CIAA filed cases relating to 80 fake certificates at the Special Court last year.

Ghimire said CIAA would not spare teachers for infractions even if the teachers resigned during the investigation and was found to have used fake certificates.

Most of the complaints filed at CIAA are in connection with the education sector and even more over fake certificates. At least a 1,000 complaints of such nature are pending at CIAA.

The complaints also range over ‘Jhole’ schools (schools limited to paper only). At least 54 complaints of this kind have been filed at CIAA in the current fiscal year.

Source: Nepalnews