Non Payment Of Wages: Abuja teachers chase students out of school

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Federal Capital Territory (FCT) teachers have chased away pupils who resumed after 7-month of Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

The teachers under the aegis of the FCT Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), said Area Council Chairmen in the territory have refused to implement the national minimum wage as well as payment of arrears.

ln Kubwa, pupils have been chased out of their classrooms as early as 8 am today.

The LEA Primary School Kubwa, which also houses the Junior Secondary School allowed only students of the Secondary school because their teachers had been paid by the FCT Administration.

In September, chairman of the union, Stephen Knabayi, had directed members not to resume work whenever schools reopened.

He said while the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced payment of the new minimum wage, the six Area Councils in the territory saddled with payment of primary school teachers have refused to budge.

The FCTA had on 8 October slated the reopening of schools for Monday 12 October 2020, announcing the cancellation of the third term and equally warning private schools against demanding fees for the canceled term.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, who gave the directives at stakeholders meeting in Abuja, however, added that all boarding schools would be reopened a day earlier.

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