REVEALED Over 6,000 Ghost Teachers

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) has made tremendous gains in getting rid of ‘ghost’ teachers on the Account General’s payroll.

According to the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Brima M. Turay, over six thousand (6000) teachers who have been collecting salaries over the years without performing their duties have been weeded out.

The sudden development came after the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) requested all principals and head teachers of secondary and primary schools to submit update names of teachers and their bank account numbers.

The strategy, however, paid dividend when the ‘ghost’ teachers failed to cooperate with the orders of the Ministry which had to pay only those that submitted their bank accounts to the Ministry.

It could be recalled that MEST had over the last eight years been very robust in cleaning the Accountant General’s payroll of ‘ghost’ teachers and the Ministry has reclaimed billions of Leones since the Education Minister, Dr. Minkailu Bah embarked on the exercise.

In a related development, the PRO disclosed that the Ministry will soon have state-of-the-art information centre that will consist of radio and television to help disseminate the activities of the Ministry. The structure, he went on, is underway and will be transmitted from the hills overlooking the capital, Freetown.