How To Verify The Authenticity Of GES Information & Documents
I would like you to spare me a minute of your time to express a little, if not too much of issues about fake reportage which tend to confuse members on our various Educational Platforms.
My name is Justice Donkoh, I wouldn’t call myself a ‘blogger’ just because I own a blog. I’m a colleague teacher just as most of us are.
I have observed with keen interest how people would believe anything, if not everything as long as it is shared and it gives them their much anticipated information.
Ghana Education Service news are mostly shared to ‘this platform’ just as the group name suggest. Blog owners like myself feel the need to keep members updated on news articles related to GES and Education as a whole so as to keep us abreast with what’s going on in our field of work.
It is to be noted that blog owners might get it wrong sometimes. The fact that a document or an article is published or shared for members to read, does not make such information true.
Documents can be recreated/forged once there’s a verified true copy online. Anyone with the knowledge and skills in different editing software’s can redesign a similar document to make it seem it is original even though it is fake; just to manipulate the public and play on their emotions.
As blog owners, we have several means of verifying information before writing an article on it for our cherished readers.
First and most importantly, when we see certain documents of interest circulating on Social Media, the first thing most of us do is to visit the website of the particular institution to make sure the document in circulation was released by their outfit.
Sometimes, these government organizational websites may not have the time to publish it on their site but would prefer to share on their social media platforms. Mind you, most government institutions have social media accounts for which they engage/interact with members who would love to seek answers to confusing information and questions.
The only true way of verifying and following the original Facebook account of any institution is to visit their website and follow the social media handles from there.
There are several parody accounts on Facebook created by ‘fraudsters’ that seek to extort money from their victims.
Now, let me use the Ghana Education Service as an institution as an example since it is my employer. When you search for ‘GES’ or ‘Ghana Education Service’ on Facebook for instance, there are several results shown.
How do you know the authentic one? Well, Facebook does its best to show results for verified institutions in their search results so that searchers do not land on the wrong page.
The question now is, what if the institution in question is not verified yet? This brings us back to what I was saying in paragraph 10 of this article which talks about following social medial of institutions through official their websites.
For instance, GES has its official website as www.ges.gov.gh. This is where all relevant information and articles including documents about the institution can be accessed. Once you visit the website and navigate through it, you’ll realize that the institution has its social media handles displayed on the site.
By simply clicking the handle you want to like or follow, it’ll take you straight to their social media handle for you to do so. That way, if you are misled which is highly impossible, you know it was through the fault of the institution itself.
Now, to the second way of verifying documents. When we (blog owners) sight documents of interest to us, we do well to check all social media handles by the institution in question to find out if any information of that sort has been sent out by them. Once that is done, we are sure that the document is authentic.
Note, there are instances where such method of verifying information may not go our way because nothing of that sort is being publish by the institutional website or shared on their social media handles.
This is where we resort to relevant sources to verify the document for us. In our space of work, you cannot simply put out unverified information and make your readers think it is the truth as this has serious consequences including being dragged to court for defamation or spreading of false information among others.
There are times our sources don’t get back to us in time and we resort to others ways. This brings us to the third way of verifying information.
When the aforementioned methods prove futile, we make sure to contact the institution for which we want to verify the information from. We do this through phone calls to their official numbers, messages to their official social media handles and sometimes, to their verified email address.
We then wait patiently for the institution to give us feedback so that we know the truth and whereabouts of the document in question. When feedback is not received, most of us don’t write the article not to talk of share to our cherished readers. Any blog owner who goes ahead to do the story does it at time own peril as the information could be false and misleading.
Again, we verify information through radio and video interviews by the people we want to write about. It is a hectic job but we do it for the love of keeping you informed. We spend hours and hours of doing nothing but verifying and listening to interviews as well as watching videos just to give you the right information.
I hope you enjoyed reading this long piece and now knows how to verify certain information before claiming it to be the truth. The explanation on just the three ways should be enough for you for now.