By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Delta State chapter, has told striking teachers in the state to disregard the directive of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, asking its members to remain calm and not be intimidated.
NUT, in a communique by its state Secretary, Mr Joel Yalekhue, however, said that teachers supervising the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, which commenced yesterday, should do the invigilation.
The communique said: “It is unfortunate that instead of proffering a holistic solution to the issues at stake, the state government has decided to apply divide and rule tactics which is inimical to the educational development of the state.”
The union, in a reaction to a statement by the state government through the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, directing secondary school principals and teachers to resume work, expressed dismay that, government could come up with the policy of no work, no pay.
Yalekhue said: “The union has shown adequate understanding in the present situation when on March 16, 2017, it directed secondary school principals and teachers involved as invigilators/supervisors in the 2017 WAEC examination to participate fully despite of the ongoing strike action.
“The union views the call by state government as unfortunate, intimidating and undemocratic and inimical to the settlement of industrial dispute of this magnitude.
“To put the records straight, secondary school teachers in the state are also affected by the government’s refusal to implement the Inter-Cadre Transfers (a policy duly approved by the state government); non- implementation of approved and released promotions, among other entitlements.” Affect secondary school teachers as stated in our communique of March 2, 2017.
“Non-payment of promotion arrears of secondary school teachers. Non-payment of retired teachers benefits.
“While calling the state government to take another look at the issues with a view to resolving them in the overall interest of peace and harmony, the Union wishes to restate it’s respect for dialogue and collective bargaining.”