The Nigeria Union of Teachers has expressed readiness to return to class but warned that it would declare trade disputes with states indebted to workers up to four months’ salaries.
The organisation said since teachers had wasted about five months at home because of COVID-19, they would return to classes as they had known how to take precautions.
The Secretary-General of NUT, Mike Ene, stated this in an interview
Asked to respond to preparations for resumption after the expiration of the January 18 dateline by the Federal Government that schools should reopen, he said, “Yes, we will want to resume. Why not, if not? I don’t think anything will make us not resume. We are ready, but the places where we will not resume are in states where government is owing workers, especially states where government is owing four months to any set of workers, either primary and secondary schools. We have asked our teachers to stay at home in such states.
But we have declared a strike in Abia State and so our teachers in Abia State commenced strike on Monday.
“Abia State is owing several months salaries of between 12 and 15 months for both primary and secondary schools and other various things they are owing.”
Meanwhile Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had ordered schools to remain closed till January 18, 2021 to contain the spike in COVID-19 pandemic. The PTF also said on Monday that the January 18 date is subject to review.