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Bauchi Teachers Begin Strike

| July 12, 2012 More

Bauchi — The Bauchi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has ordered all primary and junior secondary school teachers in the state to embark on strike with effect from yesterday, following what it described as the inability of the state government to meet their demands.

This was contained in a communiqué issued and signed by the chairman and principal secretary of the union, Comrade Moh’d Kawu Modi and Comrade Ahmad Aminu, after its emergency meeting in Bauchi.

According to the communique, the union is demanding the payment of one month arrears of 27.5 per cent to primary school teachers, 12.5 per cent to administrative staff of local education authorities, payment of the enhancement allowance to primary school teachers and promotion of primary and junior secondary school teachers. The union also frowned at the intended screening/test exercise organized by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) for primary school teachers in the state, saying such an exercise is likely to destroy the future of its members as the intention is to downgrade them.

The NUT further accused SUBEB of refusing to adhere to the resolution of the state Assembly which said that statusquo be maintained pending the outcome of their investigation into the matter. The union alleged that while it agreed to suspend its earlier strike action, the board went ahead and issued circulars threatening its members, hence the decision to proceed on strike.

“It is obvious that SUBEB is not ready to comply with the order of the state Assembly to suspend the implementation of the report until after its investigation and members of the Assembly do not seem to be not in a hurry to solve our problems which have been pending for about three months. And knowing that the board’s exercise will do more harm to the educational development of the state than good, the union was left with no option than to embark on strike,” it said.

Category: Bauchi State News

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