As schools in Lagos State resume for new academic session yesterday, activities in the state public schools were, however, paralysed, following the indefinite strike embarked upon by members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Lagos Chapter over the non-payment of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Scale, (TSS).
The Union had earlier warned the state government to pay the new increase which is in line with TSS before yesterday.
Visit by Vanguard to some of the public schools as early as 7:00 showed over 60 per cent compliance by the teachers, as many of them deserted the schools.
Notable among the schools were: Zion African Primary school, Alagba, Agege, Aganju Aka Primary and Secondary Schools, Ojo, Sabo Oniba Primary School, Ojo, among others.
However, those that defied the Union’s order, did not open the classrooms but sat under trees chatting to while away the time.
The teachers also turned back pupils who resumed for school, saying, “didn’t you hear that teachers are on strike. Go home until you are told to resume.”
The teachers further told the pupils to inform their colleagues of the latest development.
A pupil of Aganju Aka Primary School, Ojo, said: “We were informed by one of our teachers that we should go home. And resume when we are told to do so.”
Vanguard gathered that some of the pupils left for their respective homes. However, some of them were sighted playing football on the streets in their school uniforms.