El-Rufai Faces Fresh Crisis Over Teachers’ Sack
The uproar surrounding the alleged sacking of some 21,780 public primary schools’ teachers in Kaduna State after an assessment test is not going away anytime soon.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai may have more crisis to handle as the New Year sets in.
This is because there is a solidarity strike that the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is calling for.
The Kaduna State Wing of the NUT has directed its members to commence indefinite strike on Monday, January 8, over the sack of the 21,780 teachers.
They were sacked for allegedly failing to score the 75% pass mark of the competency test organised by the state government in June 2017.
A notice of strike dated January 4, 2018, by the union’s Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Anglo, indicated that a two-week ultimatum was earlier issued to the state government to reverse its decision.
It was circulated to all the union executives in the 23 local government areas of the state.
According to the union, the decision has become necessary after the state government began issuing sack letters to the affected teachers after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“As a responsible union, we ventilated our grievances before the National Industrial Court, Kaduna, and the court on December 4, 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 3rd, 2017.
“We, therefore, met on January 4th, 2018 and unanimously resolved to embark on an indefinite strike action on Monday 8,” the union wrote.
There were other issues that the union raised in the notice - compulsory retirement of secondary school teachers before their due date as against the 35 years of service or 60 years of age provided by civil service rules, non-payment of 2015 leave transport grant to 3,338 primary school teachers and the 2016 and 2017 leave transport grant to all public schools’ teachers despite deductions at source.
The union also requested for the payment of salary arrears of more than 15,000 primary school teachers of one to 12 months from June 2015 to July 2016.