- Pupils in FCT government schools have been chased away
- This is over non-payment of the minimum wage by the FCT administration
- Meanwhile, only students of the Junior Secondary School were allowed in
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Pupils in government schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been chased away by their teachers.
The students who resumed after seven-months of COVID-19 lockdown were chased away due to the faceoff between members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the FCT administration.
They alleged that the area council chairmen in the territory refused to implement the national minimum wage as well as payment of arrears.
According to The Nation, pupils were chased out of their classrooms from as early as 8am.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that following non-payment of their new minimum wage, FCT teachers in primary schools embarked on indefinite strike action. This came just as learning centres resumed academic activities across the territory on Monday, October 12.
The teachers under the aegis of NUT embarked on 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.
Legit.ng had also reported that the FCT said there would be no third term as students resumed 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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