Public primary and secondary schools in Cross River State have remained under lock and key following a strike action by teachers in the state.
The call to the strike action was contained in a communiqué released by the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Cross River State chapter and signed by Eyo Nsa Eyo-Itam, Livinus Ewa Omini and Dennis Monche, state chairman, secretary and publicity secretary, respectively.
In the communiqué, the Union said that, “government has failed to respect the agreement which the Union signed to restore the Teachers Specific Allowance, TSA, from July, 2013”, adding too that, “promotions are yet to be completely and correctly implemented”.
All efforts having failed to get government to keep to its own side of the bargain, the Union embarked on the strike to press home their point vowing to only call off the action if government completely pays the TSA to primary and secondary school teachers, implement correctly teachers promotions with financial arrears as indicated in promotion letters as well as the complete release of promotion letters to teachers who have benefitted.
When calitown.com went around Calabar, public schools were a ghost of themselves. One parent who spoke with calitown.com on conditions of anonymity said, “government does not seem to have regard for teachers, I mean if government does have regard, it will not just let this kind of situation degenerate to the level we are now”.
Some teachers spoken to, took a swipe at the Commissioner for Education, Offiong E. Offiong, for showing negligible commitment to solving the matter and getting teachers back to school. “How can we work when those who should let government into the agreement reached with our Union, are shielding this information from people who should thoroughly address these issues”, one teacher said.
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