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Bauchi female teachers protest against non-payment of salary arrears

| June 27, 2013 More

• Fayemi seeks end to strike

FEMALE teachers in both primary and junior secondary schools in Bauchi State on Wednesday defied all odds to stage a demonstration over the non-payment of their six months’ salaries by the state government allegedly hinged on their low educational standard.

The school teachers in the state early this year experienced non-payment of their salaries when the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) under which they operate, claimed that over 5,000 of them lacked the basic requisite qualification to teach.

The Board, in what was termed as a cleansing exercise to determine the qualification or otherwise of each and every teacher, in conformity with the required teaching standard of National Certificate in Education (NCE), embarked on tests to screen teachers.

However, under the auspices of their union, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the teachers decided not to partake in the exercise as, according to the union, the board’s action was geared not only to discredit but also victimise its members.

In Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi has appealed to teachers in public schools to call off their three-week-old strike in the interest of the pupils.

He urged them to accept the 15 per cent out of the 27.5 per cent Peculiar Allowance being demanded by them, pledging to commence the payment of the remaining 12.5 per cent as soon as the state’s finances improve.

However, civil servants in the state have demanded that they must also benefit from the teachers’ allowance because the teachers were also included in the 33 per cent Relativity Allowance meant for the core civil servants.

Fayemi, who made the appeal while featuring on his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor,” urged the teachers to consider the very lean purse of the state and the future of their pupils and students rendered idle by the strike.

It will be recalled that last week, Bauchi female teachers took their protest to the state House of Assembly penultimate week and urged the state government to pay the teachers within two weeks their backlog of salaries.

However, Governor Isa Yuguda at an event marking the 2013 Civil Service Day celebration in the state, said about 2,400 of the 5,300 teachers purportedly laid off have been screened and re-engaged into the service while the second batch of the exercise was about to start

Category: Bauchi State News

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