Kaduna Teachers Begin Indefinite Strike

Public Primary And Secondary Teachers In Kaduna State Embark On Indefinite Strike

Today Monday 8th, teachers in the primary and secondary public schools in Kaduna state have embarked on an indefinite strike over what they call job security concerns and welfare issues.
The Indefinite Industrial action was enforced by the State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
According to reports, there has been full compliance with the directive as teachers and students across the state have remained at home.
In places like Zaria, Sabongari, Makarfi, Soba, Giwa and Ikara Local Government Areas there has been no activity in the institutions of learning.According to the Chairman of the Zaria LGA NUT, Malam Yahaya Abbas, the state government had turned deaf ears and blind eyes to the teachers’ demands, thus the strike became inevitable.

Abbas argued that one of the major reasons for the Industrial action was the sack of over 22,000 teachers in the state which is a blatant disregard for civil service rules and regulations.

Abbas said: “The sack was not done in accordance with civil service rules and the majority of the teachers passed the so-called examination with more than 60 percent.

“There is no justification for the governor to fix 75 percent as pass mark, it has never been done anywhere in the world.“Even in Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard universities, if you get 70 marks, you are an `A’ grade student.”

On the commencement of the strike, the Sabongari NUT Chairman, Usman Rabi’u commended the teachers for their full compliance with the strike action and also called on them to not soften their stance ‘until justice is done.’

Rabi’u also urged the Kaduna State Government to meet the demands of the striking teachers so as not to prolong the strike.

The State NUT had reportedly given the State Government a two-week ultimatum, starting from November 6th, 2017 to reverse its decision to lay-off 22,000 teachers.

This was following an injunction by the National Industrial Court, Kaduna that restrains the State Government from sacking any teacher until a determination of the case in court.

However, it is alleged that sack letters were being handed out to affected teachers after the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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