Apparently making good its threat to sanction its teachers who went on a strike action called by the Edo State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT by invoking its no-work, no-pay policy, primary school teachers in the state are lamenting the cut in their February salaries.
The strike, which lasted five days, was to protest the non-implementation of some of their demands which bordered on their welfare. Desperate to frustrate the strike, the state government had directed Education Secretaries of the 18 local government councils in the state, to process the deductions from the February salaries of the primary school teachers.
Bemoaning their plight, one of the head teachers affected by the government’s punitive action, complained that ₦25,000 was deducted from her February as a result of participating in the strike action.
According to her, some of the head teachers may even lose their positions as the government had circulated a memo, directing all head teachers to re-apply and go through a test.
“About ₦25,000 was removed from my February salary and the same thing applied to other teachers, but the deduction was not uniform. I was also reliably informed that all head teachers in the state have to re-apply and sit for a test. I was told that they have planned to drop some head teachers”, she said.
Other teachers also confirmed that amounts ranging from ₦6,000 to ₦23,000 were deducted from their salaries. A junior staff in one of the schools lamented that after the deduction, what was left of his salary would not be enough to feed his family for the month.
It was reliably gathered that some categories of teachers from senior to junior cadres who were indebted to the government, and whose loans were being serviced, were left with nothing following the salary deductions.
Some of the teachers opined that the “no-work, no-pay” rule was designed to weaken the NUT and create a friction between the union and the teachers.
The Edo State Secretary of the NUT, Moni Modesty-Itua could not be reached for his reaction on the development.
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