The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT has said that it will make certain that the Federal Government implements the 27.5 per cent professional allowance for teachers in the Federal Government Colleges.
NUT President, Comrade Michael Olukoya, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, said that the Federal Government has refused to pay teachers the enhanced allowance since it was approved on August 6, 2008.
He said it was “unfortunate, morally reprehensible and condemnable that the Federal Government continues to deny payment of the professional allowance of 27.5 per cent to unity schools teachers.”
Olukoya therefore, called on the Federal government to, as matter of urgency, pay the said allowance to the Unity School teachers. The union also condemned the reported casualization of teachers in the Federal Government Colleges. Olukoya described the trend as modern day slavery, saying that such individuals could not be motivated to give their best in the system.
While urging the government to absorb the casual teachers into its employment, the union president said NUT is determined to defend the sanctity of unity school teachers to decent jobs in decent environment.
He added that the group would continue to stand up towards ensuring improved condition of service for Nigerian teachers. Olukoya maintained that the mass failures recorded in the 2014 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination was not only astonishing, but revealed the “nakedness and ineptitude of all stakeholders in education.”
He enjoined both federal and state governments to start paying more attention to quality of teachers engaged for teaching of Mathematics and English Language that have consistently posed great problems to students.