475 of the teachers forged certificates to gain employment, the state government said.
The Ogun State Government on Wednesday suspended 1,024 teachers in its public schools for allegedly engaging in fraudulent and irregular activities like forgery and manipulation of credentials.
Some of the teachers allegedly submitted forged certificates to gain employment in the state.
The affected teachers were among the 6, 531 screened in an exercise conducted by a group of consultants.
The suspension followed a final report submitted to the government by CITC Consulting, which indicated that 475 teachers possessed forged certificates and did not have their attestation letters confirmed by the originating institutions.
Similarly, 274 were suspended for not appearing for the screening exercise, 236 for being out-rightly unqualified, 12 for exceeding statutory length of service, and 11 for age discrepancies.
Fourteen deceased staff were also discovered to still be receiving salaries from the state government.
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mufutau Ajibola, while affirming the development said the suspension takes immediate effect pending formal determination of their cases by the panel established in the Office of the Head of Service.
He added that the documents are being compiled for presentation to the State Police Command for possible criminal prosecution of those indicted in the exercise.
Mr. Ajibola described the exercise as thorough and restated the government’s commitment to flush out persons who according to him are “polluting a noble and respected profession”.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela, earlier said the exercise is “about quality assurance of our human capital.”
“All our investments to provide affordable quality education will only yield result if we have well qualified and motivated teachers in our classrooms,” he said.