Akwa Ibom teachers begin indefinite strike

Teachers at public primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state have gone on indefinite strike to demand payment of eight years’ leave and six years of delayed promotions. “The Nigerian Teachers Union (NUT) hereby orders all primary and secondary school teachers in public schools to proceed to an indefinite strike,” union secretary Victor Amirize said in a statement in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Tuesday. Amirize, who said the strike takes effect from midnight Tuesday, added that the union reached the decision after “all avenues of negotiation and friendly resolutions failed on the part of the state government.” Continuing, the statement said: “The government was unable to address the teachers’ demands after 21 working days and the subsequent seven-day ultimatum given by the union to the government. The government’s promise to pay one year’s humanitarian leave allowance and complete one month’s minimum salary back pay to primary school teachers could not be fulfilled.” Teachers’ demands Mr. Amiziri listed the demands of teachers in the state to include, “Payment of 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 elementary school teacher license grants. ALSO READ: High school student stabs partner in Akwa Ibom “Payment of promotion arrears for six years – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to primary school teachers. Dissemination of the 2017, 2018 promotion exercise carried out by the State Subdirectorate for Universal Basic Education (SUBEB)”. The union also demanded the return of 7 ½ percent of the contributory pension to primary school teachers and the appointment of teachers as permanent secretaries, among others. The union asks for the understanding of parents and students and added that the “insensitivity of the government” pushed the teachers to go on strike. Education Commissioner Idongesit Etiebet could not be reached for comment because her phone was switched off. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Akwa Ibom teachers begin indefinite strike