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Teachers strike affects resumption of new academic session in Lagos

Students resumed a new academic session resumed yesterday with teachers on strike
Nigerian Tribune correspondent who monitored the situation in some parts of the metropolis observed that the public schools remained closed despite the government’s directive that the pupils should resume.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State wing, had embarked on strike over the non-implementation of Teachers Salary Scale (TSS) by the state government.

By 9:00 a.m. when the pupils were supposed to be in the classroom, most of them were on the road roaming while some were stranded at various bus stops.

Nigerian Tribune correspondent was at Babs Fafunwa Grammar School, Ojodu, Omole Grammar School and Agidingbi Senior Secondary School, where no teacher turned up except those who were scheduled to supervise the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, a teacher, Mr. Isiak Adeyemi of the Army Day Secondary School, Maryland, said he could not go to school because of the strike.

He said that teachers had been directed by the NUT not to resume except those who were to supervise the WASSCE.

“Since I ‘m not a supervisor, I’m not supposed to be in school. There is a circular to this effect,” he said.

However, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Elijah Adewale, had earlier said that the government could not dialogue with the teachers until it passed the 2010 budget.

He told the Nigerian Tribune that the 2009 budget did not have provision for the TSS which the teachers had been agitating for.

Reacting to the development, the deputy governor of the state, who also oversees the state Ministry of Education, Princess Sarah Sosan, said that the teachers were not on strike, urging pupils to resume in school.

Source: Tribune