Ghost teachers exposed

Ghost teachers exposed

MASERU – THE Member of Parliament for Thabana-Morena constituency Selibe Mochoboroane is demanding answers from the Minister of Education Professor Ntoi Rapapa on more than M300 000 paid to ghost teachers.
The alleged scandal exposes how government over time forked out the staggering amount as salaries for two teachers who do not exist, said Mochoboroane in a letter to the minister.

It appears two teachers were being paid for teaching at two schools in Thabana-Morena constituency but Mochoboroane says there are no such teachers at the schools.

Mochoboroane, who is also the leader of Movement for Economic Change (MEC), said the names of teachers who appear on the salary list do not exist at all.
He said he has a broad knowledge of schools in his constituency and there are no such names and they have never even existed.
Moliehi Thupeng and ’Mammulane Thuso, recorded as teachers at Mount Olivet and Malumeng Primary schools respectively are nowhere to be found at those schools, Mochoboroane said.

He said he approached the ministry so that it could investigate the alleged rot to save Basotho’s funds from being siphoned off.
“A whopping M377, 945.50 is a lot of money that could be used for other community projects,” Mochoboroane said.
“Those two teachers have never worked at those schools at any time since the schools were built. And they never worked at those schools even 10 years after the schools were built,” Mochoboroane said.
Mochoboroane is the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that oversees the use of public funds by the government and its agencies.

The Principal Secretary of Higher Education Dr Thabiso Lebese confirmed that the alleged ghost teachers were paid.
He said Thupeng is a teacher at Auray High School in Mantšonyane, Thaba-Tseka.
He said she was the principal at the same school under performance contract from 02 January 2013 until 01 January 2018 when her contract expired.

Dr Lebese said Thupeng is currently the acting principal at the same school.
He said Thuso was the principal of Malimong Primary School employed under the performance contract from January 2, 2013 till January 1, 2018

He said Thuso is currently acting as the principal of the same school.
It is still unclear, however, why their payment documents showed they came from Thabana-Morena.
It is also unclear if there was double payment for each of the teachers.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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