- Some private school teachers are protesting non-payment of their salaries for several months in Lagos state
- The teachers say they have been owed even before the nationwide lockdown announced by the federal government
- The leadership of the National Association of Private School Teachers (NAPST) recently pleaded to the government to come to their aid
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Some private school teachers are currently protesting in Lagos state.
The teachers say they have been owed for nine months even before the COVID-19 lockdown.
The teachers are carrying placards and protesting what they say is an injustice to them given the situation of things in the country.
One placard read: 'Pay us our salary.' Another read: 'Pay us our wages.' Yet another read: 'Enough is Enough.'
“Owing is kind of daily routine for the school but lockdown made the situation worse for we teachers this time around.
“The school is owing five months before COVID-19 and we are home for another good four months making nine months of no salary,” one of the protesting teachers told Legit.ng.
Private schools are one of the hardest hits as Nigeria joined the global lockdown in March following the rapid spread of COVID-19 globally.
Many of the private school teachers have been calling on the government to assist them as their employers have been struggling to stay afloat.
Recently, the leadership of National Association of Private School Teachers (NAPST) revealed that more than 100,000 teachers in private schools are unable to feed their families and cannot pay their basic bills as a result of the closure of schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
NAPST president, Comrade Akhigbe Olumhense made the comment on Thursday, July 23 in Abuja while addressing journalists.
He appealed to both federal and state governments as well as public-spirited individuals to assuage the plight of the private school teachers in the country.
He said the closure of schools for the whole of the third term of 2019/2020 academic session means no tuition payment and no salaries.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has lifted the hopes of private school teachers who have been enduring hardship following the prolonged closure of learning centres due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government is most likely to take over payment of teachers outstanding salaries since the lockdown started back in March.
Chief Yomi Otubela, the president of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, disclosed this at a Zoom conference.
According to Otubela, the salary arrears of private school teachers would be paid from the N2.3 trillion stimulus package recently approved by the federal government.
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