Kaduna Teachers Begin Strike Today

Kaduna Teachers Begin Strike Today Article

As schools resume from the Christmas and New Year
holiday today, the Kaduna State chapter of Nigeria Union
of Teachers (NUT) has disclosed its intention to begin
an indefinite strike action to express its grievance over
the sack of about 22,000 primary school teachers by the
state government.

In its reaction, the state government has said any
teacher who participates will be dismissed.
The government had announced the sack of 21,780
primary school teachers who allegedly failed a primary
four test conducted to test their competency.

A notice served yesterday to NUT members across the
state and signed by the union chairman and assistant
secretary general, Comrade Audu Titus Amba and Adamu
Ango respectively directed that the strike begin today,
January 8, 2018.

The notice recalled that the union had earlier served a
notice of two-week ultimatum for the commencement of
an indefinite strike by teachers in both public primary
and secondary schools in the state as the government
was hell bent on disengaging teachers in its public
primary schools based on the competency test.
“As a responsible organization, the union decided to ventilate
its grievance before the National Industrial Court, Kaduna in
suit no.

NICN/KD/53/2017. The court in December 2017 granted an
interlocutory injunction restraining the state government from
disengaging any teacher pending the determination of the
case.

“The court order was served to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, but
surprisingly, he went on to order the distribution of letters of
disengagement to the affected teachers, dated November 3,
2017. We met on January 4, 2018 and unanimously resolved
to embark on indefinite strike action effective from Monday 8,
2018,” the notice said.

In its counter-threat, the Kaduna State Government said
it has instructed its education administrators to open
registers in all its schools, starting from today and
declare any teacher absent from work as having
absconded from duty under the Public Service Rules.
The state government in a statement by Samuel Aruwan,
Senior Special Assistant to the Kaduna governor, said it
would take firm disciplinary action including dismissal
from service against those absent from duty.

“It has come to the notice of the Kaduna State Government
that the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)
has declared an indefinite strike. This is an illegal action, and
will not achieve its aim of derailing the education reforms
being implemented by the government.

“The Kaduna State Government is not available to be
blackmailed into knowingly retaining unqualified teachers.
Neither would it mortgage the future of two million primary
school pupils because failed teachers are shamelessly
mobilizing sentiment.

The government explained that at the invitation of the Federal
Ministry of Labour, it met twice in Abuja with the officials of
the NLC and the NUT and the delegation was led by Governor
Nasir El-Rufai to the first meeting,” the government said.
It added that during the interactions, the government
made it clear that as an employer, it had every right to
determine who its employees were and the minimum
qualifications they must possess.

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