The Education Service
Commission (ESC) has said that it is planning a countrywide validation exercise
to sort out the challenge of teachers with forged appointment letters.
The Commission led by its
chairman Prof. Dr. Samuel Lugoba was on Monday appearing before the Parliaments committee on Education alongside Ministry
of Education officials over their budget requirements for next financial year
were they decried the rampant cases of fake appointment letters.
According to the Secretary to the Education Service Commission, Asuman Lukwago, they lose 7 billion annually to people who are receiving salary
as teachers and educators, but are actually teachers with forged appointment letters.
The commission says that they are shocked
at where exactly the source of the appointment letters is but also blames it on
a network of gangsters. Asuman says that the last
exercise was done in some districts in Lango and Acholi region in 2019 and the
revelation was massive with hundreds of cases.
He says that they now plan to
do a countrywide validation exercise that will take place in July to September
pending funding. One billion is required per region to validate the appointment
letter of teachers.
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a member of the Commission says that they are investigating 5 cases of forged
appointment letters in Soroti. He says that although the teachers are accessing pay, they are not in the education
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The chairperson of the commission Samuel Lugoba said
that as it stands, they do not know the extent of the problem and the
validation will help. He says that the
validation needs to be done for each school and needs to be done during
He says that their preliminary findings indicate that the
minutes appointing the teachers are nonexistent. He says they have previously
been limited by funds.
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The committee chairperson Jacob Opolot asked the officials to bring to Parliament the fake appointment letters for futher scrutiny.
In the next financial year, the Ministry plans to recruit 2300 teachers.