By DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE- PRIMARY school teachers and their secondary school counterparts in Ondo State have been polarised over a strike called by leaders of the state chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.
The strike followed government’s alleged breach of the agreement with the teachers on the payment of Teachers Specific Allowance, TSA, of 27.5 per cent.
While the primary school teachers stayed off duties, their secondary school counterpart dissociated themselves from the strike.
This might not be unconnected with the crisis between NUT and the unregistered Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, ASUSS.
Leadership of the NUT said that the state government and the union signed an agreement on 20th October, 2011 to initiate the payment.
State Chairman of ASUSS Mr. Dayo Adebiyi and the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tajudeen Balogun said that there was no basis for the strike.
According to leaders of ASUSS, “the agreement we signed with Ondo State Government is still subsisting. The negotiation on minimum wage is still in progress and we are watching to see how it affects the interest of Secondary School tutors.”
That all Secondary School Tutors should go about their normal academic activities without any fear of molestation or intimidation because no strike has been declared by ASUSS.”
Reacting to the strike, the Ondo State government yesterday described the Teachers action as premeditated with political undertones.