Imminent sack looms over teachers with dual appointments in Plateau

Christiana Gokyo, Jos

About 155 teachers in Plateau State for dual appointments with both the local and state governments may lose their jobs.

Chairman of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Chief Vonjen Lar, disclosed this in an interview with the Conscience Triumph in Jos over the weekend.

According to Chief Lar, “Surprisingly, we discovered 90 permanent teachers and 65 Ad-hoc teachers with SUBEB that did apply and were offered appointment to teach in our secondary schools.”

Our correspondent recalls that, in February this year (2018), a total of 834 teachers for its secondary schools were recruited.

He noted that, but it recently found 155 of them already engaged by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as teachers in primary schools.

Chief Lar explained further that the discovered 155 teachers had, by their attitude, violated the Civil Service Rule number 030402(q), which frowns at anybody holding two government appointments at the same time.

He further explained that “what these teachers have done is gross misconduct and is punishable by outright dismissal,” adding, “it is a common law that you can’t be working in two places with the same Civil Service of a state. You have to reign in one and take the other and not the two at once.

“When we advertised for employment, we were categorical that anyone, who has a job with either the local or state government, needs not to apply, because it is against the Civil Service Rule,” Lar said.

He further explained that “They were discovered when a soft copy of list of the 834 newly employed teachers were sent to SUBEB for scrutiny. Most of them are expecting the commission to allow them transfer their services from the local government, which is not possible, because of the embargo placed on such transfer by the government.”

The TSC chairman stated that, “we have called on the affected teachers to come and pick forms to fill in agreement with our terms, or remain where they are in the primary section.”

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