By Nneka Ehujuo
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has decided to accept the promise by the Lagos State Government to pay the new Teachers Salary Scale (TSS) by next year because teachers have no other job as alternative.
The Assistant headmistress of Central Nursery and Primary School, Warder Barracks, Kirikiri town, (name withheld) made this disclosure over the weekend, saying that teachers can not be going on strike all the time.
She explained that the NUT is appreciative of governmentâ€™s concern for the welfare and betterment of not only the teachers but entire society and the children who are supposed to be the future leaders of our nation.
She noted that the strike had no effect on the children academically because teachers have devoted to give the pupil extra lesson .This will enable them to â€œcover up the lost learning periods but however I regret that some of the children went to private schools during the period of the strikeâ€.
Her gratitude went to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, who had been providing sufficient materials and other learning facilities to the school for use of the children.
As a result, since the strike was called off the children have not fallen behind in their academic work. The Assistant headmistress however, pleaded with government to provide sufficient chairs and do something to theÂ road that leads to the school which is usually flooded after rainfall.
Also, most of the school compound has been overtaken by weeds and grass, thereby making it imperative to be cleared so that the compound will be conducive to learning and teaching.
A teacher in the school, MR Babayemi, agreed that the strike had no effect on the children academically. According to him, the challenge facing the schoolÂ is the lack of infrastructures needed to boost learning, such as desks, tables chairs, good water system, and classrooms to check overcrowding .
He appealed to the governor to intervene and provide all the necessary facilities needed by the school..
A Primary six pupil, Master Deboye Toyin, condemned the strike, because, â€œthey wonâ€™t learn anything at homeâ€. His words;
â€œI like the school because they provide free text books for us for learningâ€.