- FCT primary school teachers have embarked on indefinite strike
- The directive was taken by the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)
- The strike action is to drive home their demand for the new minimum wage to be implemented
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Following non-payment of their new minimum wage, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) teachers in primary schools have embarked on indefinite strike action as learning centres resume academic activities across the territory on Monday, October 12.
In a report by Daily Trust, teachers under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) would begin the strike action to drive home their demand that the minimum wage is implemented in their salary scale.
Comrade Margaret Jethro, the acting state secretary of the NUT, addressing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the FCT Wing executive council of the union, on Sunday, October 11, said no teacher will resume classes until the new minimum wage is paid.
Margaret speaking further at the teachers’ house in Gwagwalada, explained that the strike is coming as the last resort after a series of correspondence with the six area council chairmen did not yield positive results and a seven-day ultimatum was issued.
“And it is in the light of the above that the union writes to notify all heads of primary school teachers across the FCT of commencement of an indefinite strike action as from Monday, 12 October, 2020 till such a time the new minimum wage is implemented.”
Recall that primary school teachers in Abuja were directed not to resume classes anytime schools are reopened for academic activities.
The directive was given by the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), on Saturday, September 5.
The chairman of the chapter, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, said the union gave the directive following the failure of the area council chairmen to pay the minimum wage of the teachers.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the FCT said there would be no third term as students resume for the 2020/21 academic session.
Fatima Abdulrahman, the chairperson of the FCT schools resumption committee made the disclosure in Abuja on Thursday, October 8. She sternly warned private schools not to demand third term fees.
The official stated that schools must adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. She pointed out that the maximum class size should be 25 students per class.
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