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Striking Teachers Turn To God

Posted by By Damola Ogundimu on 2008/07/24 | Views: 1769 |

Striking Teachers Turn To God


As the strike embarked upon by primary and secondary school teachers enter the fourth week, the teachers have turned to God in prayers to soften the hard stance of the federal government over their request.

As the strike embarked upon by primary and secondary school teachers enter the fourth week, the teachers have turned to God in prayers to soften the hard stance of the federal government over their request.

Their request is the implementation of the Teachers Salary Scale structure for teachers in the primary and secondary schools nationwide.

Umbrella union of the teachers, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Tuesday called for prayers to make the government implement their demand.

In Lagos State, the teachers were seen clad in white clothes, praying fervently for God to intervene in their situation.

When P.M.News visited Ikeja Local Government Area of the state, the teachers, who were in two groups, Muslims and Christians, were seen praying to God and singing at the top of their voices along Obafemi Awolowo Way.

The NUT Chairman in Ikeja, Mr. Akintoye Hassan, told P.M.News that despite the demand for the TSS being a long standing issue, the federal government has inexplicably refused to issue the enabling circular to implement it. He said the agitation for the TSS dates back to 1992 when they reached an agreement with the federal government over the issue.

He described government’s present stand as insensitive. "We have set today (Thursday) apart for prayers to God to come to our aid. It’s a unified action. Prayers are going on in all the 774 local governments and by tomorrow (today), we are embarking on a street protest in collaboration with civil society groups.

"By 10 a.m. tomorrow (today) we are converging at the SUBEB headquarters in Maryland, Ikeja from where we will move to the streets in protest," he disclosed.

Also, many parents and groups have joined the teachers to condemn the government for not appreciating teachers and meeting their demand.

"The struggle for enhancement of teachers’ salary in the country is a task that must be accomplished. It is a shame that the present administration of President Umar Musa Yar’Auda is adamant in this regard.

"This attitude is borne out of the fact that most top government funtionaries in the country prefer schools outside Nigeria for the education of their children and so knew little or nothing about the state of public education in the country. They care less about the problems in the public schools," he added.

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