The Teachers' Records Management Improvement Programme in Sierra Leone was established to improve teachers' personnel information, remove the existence of ghost workers from the payroll and prevent data inaccuracies. This article analyses known issues with the teachers' payroll, such as the inability of many teachers to provide documentation, inaccurate information about schools and their staff, and inaccurate salary and grade levels. The two phases of the project are discussed in detail. Phase I created master personnel files for each teacher on the payroll and began to compile employment records. During Phase II, interviews were conducted with all teachers to verify their personal information, and data and biometrics were collected along with copies of records such as qualifications. The article discusses the standards and guidelines that are being developed to ensure that the teachers' payroll will remain accurate in the future and concludes by suggesting a number of recommendations that could follow on from the second phase of the project.