Kaduna teach­ers de­mand salary ar­rears

Weekly Trust - - News - Chris­tiana T. Alabi & Haf­sat Mustapha, Kaduna

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.

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