Kaduna teachers demand salary arrears
The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has decried the non-payment of up to 11 months’ salary arrears in various local government areas of the state, saying it was one of the impediments to the teaching profession at the local government level.
The state chairman of the NUT, Audu T. Amba, at an event to mark the World Teachers’ Day in Kaduna yesterday, lamented the delay in payment of LGEA teachers’ salaries for up to two weeks after their colleagues at the state are paid.
According to him, another impediment to teaching and teacher empowerment is the outstanding payment of balance of leave grants for 2015 and non-payment for 2016.
“For 2016, teachers don’t even know their fate yet. 10percent of teachers’ salaries is deducted monthly and paid to them as their leave grants at the end of the year, so it is a right and not a privilege. Also, training and re-training of teachers, especially primary school teachers are not being adequately addressed,” he said.
The teachers also complained of congestion in classrooms with inadequate furniture to cater for the number of pupils in public schools.
The union however commended the administration of Malam Nasir El-Rufai for the unprecedented budgetary allocation of more than 33percent to the education sector, which it said exceeded the UNESCO target of 26percent.