Officials from the Education Service Commission have revealed that Teso sub region is currently having the highest number of teachers who fraudulently accessed the government pay roll.
Led by their Chairperson, Professor Sam Luboga, the officials told the Education Committee of Parliament yesterday.
According to Luboga this was through the validation exercise which indicated that some teachers were using fake appointment letters from unknown sources.
“They use the minutes of the commission whenever we have meetings to decide on a certain activity to appoint staff and post them. Many appointment letters are being manufactured left, right and Centre,” Luboga said
Adding that when they checked through the system these people were nowhere to be seen and therefore were not appointed by the commission
As part of the day’s agenda through Presentation of the budget frame work paper for financial year 2o2o/2021, Luboga also disclosed that government was losing over Shs 7 billion annually through teachers who fraudulently accessed the government pay roll
He noted that the commission needed Shs 6 billion to recruit 2300 teachers in the next financial year
“Part of the amount will also be used to validate 3,000 appointments, regularize 50 appointments, re-designate 50 appointments and grant study leave to 50 personnel among others,” Luboga said
Macho Geofrey, MP Bussia Municipality noted that the ministry should come clean about the issue if they are not the perpetrators of this fraud
Kisa Steven MP Luuka South also seconded the allegations noting that within the commission there was a pool of people who were conniving with the frauds to access this fogged document and that these have stolen a lot of money
However the commission has since distanced its self from the allegation noting that the Ministry Of Education can’t be part of a vice they are finding solutions to end
“The fogged documents are not from the commission that’s why we are able to trace the culprits,” said Luboga
Adding that it was not easy to fight these culprits as they switched from one region to another