BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—DELTA State Commissioner for Primary and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, has said that the ongoing strike by Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state will be called off soon.
Muoboghare, who fielded questions from newsmen in Ughelli, expressed the state government’s willingness to address the contentious 27.5 per cent Teachers Peculiar Allowance, reiterating that the strike will end in a few days.
He said that only qualified teachers, who had registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, would be paid the allowance, adding: “We had a very fruitful meeting with NUT on Thursday and by today, we will have another meeting.”
He said efforts were on to separate qualified teachers from quacks in the state, noting that “there are certain regulations which must be implemented.
“The strike was embarked upon because there was a communication gap between the state government and NUT. They do not understand us. If they did, they would not have gone on strike.”
On the ongoing West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Private Candidates examination in the state, Muoboghare alleged that WAEC officials and supervisors had not been too careful in the implementation of the rule against the use of mobile phones in examination halls.
He said: “Centres we wouldn’t ordinarily have recommended were being used for the examination, particularly private schools.”
He charged WAEC official to be more careful in choosing centres for examinations.