Teachers in Edo State have accused the Edo State government of slashing their February salary over the strike directed by their umbrella body, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.
This same NUT in the state, in build up to the September 19 governorship election awarded the state governor, Godwin Obaseki as the best governor in the country.
A headmistress in one of the public primary schools in the state, who does not want her name in print said, #25,000 was removed from her salary for the month of February over the last strike embarked by teachers.
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She also said, the government has circulated a memo, which says all head teachers will have to reapply and go through a test.
“About 25,000 was removed from my February salary,and the same thing applies to others teachers,but the deduction was not uniform. I was also reliably informed, that all head teachers in the state have to reapply and sit for a test. I was told that they have planned to drop some head teachers,” She said
Other teachers also claimed that ranging from N6,000 to N23,000 were deducted from salaries of
teachers in state.
Most lamentable was the junior staff who said after the deduction, the balance of salaries will not be able to sustained them for the month.
Some categories of teachers across the seinor and the junior cadres who are indebted to the government through servicing of loan facility went home without pay due to the deduction.
According to some of the teachers , the no work, no pay rule is a device to weaken the parent body, Nigeria Union of Teachers and also create a friction between the union and the teachers.
Recall that the NUT directed its members to embark on strike over non implementation of series of demand from the state government which was later called off after five days.