Thursday, 6 October 2016

NUT alleges discrimination of LGEA teachers in Anambra

Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State Wing of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the State government to urgently address what it called continued discrimination and denial of Teachers’ Enhanced Allowance (TEA) to professional teachers, who work at the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), Boards/Commission in the State.

The union also lamented that most 2014 promotions in the sector were neither scheduled nor results released for interviewed cases, even as it asked for parity in promotion and its financial implications to all concerned.

According to the State NUT Chairman, Comrade Ifeanyi Ofodile, who made the call at the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration held at the Anambra Teachers House, Awka, the development was a breach of the 2008 agreement by Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) effective from December 2009, as well as added to lack of teachers to fill existing gaps created by regular retiring teachers; outright exclusion of teachers/Education Sector from Promotion Scheme lately in relation to other MDAs; and continued denial of NUT the statutory right of representation at the Ministry of Education, PPSSC, ASUBEB and other related bodies contrary to National and State Education Laws.

He, however, called on his colleagues to shun acts of indiscipline and continue to live up to their calling in any circumstance.

On her part, Lady Joy Ulasi, the Executive Chairman of Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC), while describing teachers as role models, advised them to understand that there are people watching them so as not to give the society any room to blame them now or in the future.

Responding, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Post Primary Education, Dr Paul Ifeanyi, commended teachers for their doggedness, which according to him, was responsible for good performances of students of the state in external examinations, and promised to look into all their problems with a view to addressing it.

Earlier, the Chairman on the occasion, Sir Godwin Anachebe, hailed the state government for giving teachers a befitting Teachers House, and regular payment of their salaries.



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