The crisis between primary school teachers in Edo state and the government over poor condition of services has taken a new view as the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Edo chapter, has rejected the September 2, 2019, resumption date for schools.
The teachers union had last week issued a three-week warning strike action notice to the state government, if it failed to meet the union’s demands.
The demands include rejection of competency test for teachers, releasing of the approved N60 million termly subvention to schools, payment of EDO BEST stipends of 2018 and 2019 to teachers, recruitment of teaching personnel into public primary and secondary schools in Edo state.
According to a statement issued by the General Secretary of NUT, Moni Mike Itua which was made available to pressmen in Benin, the union asked members to disregard the circular letter by SUBEB directing them to resume on September 2, 2019, for the First Term of 2019/2020 academic session, as against the approved September 9, 2019, by the state Ministry of Education.
“In continuation of your board’s insensitivity to human dignity and plight of our primary school teachers, the attention of the NUT, Edo State Wing, has been drawn to your circular letter-SUBEB/A/7VOL.IIT/90 of 20th August, 2019, where you directed teachers to resume for the 2019/2020 first term academic session on the 9th of September, 2019 on the hand, in a twist, you further directed the same teachers to also resume a week earlier than the pupils to enable them put all arrangements in place for effective take-off of teaching/learning process.
“Arising from the above directives by your board, the state wing of NUT want to inform you that, public primary school heads and their teachers are not the ones to clean up classrooms or cut grasses in their school compounds, bt shall only act as supervisors to the pupils in executing such assignments on their resumption, if your board lacks the capacity to provide or employ cleaners and gardeners in the school.
“Your board’s emending shenanigans and arm-twisting of our teachers which are now dovetailing into full scale tramping on their rights should stop henceforth,” the statement read.
While directing the school heads and their teachers to disregard the board’s circular letter regarding the September 2, 2029 resumption date, Itua urged them to adhere strictly to the union’s directives.