Primary teachers in Edo State on Monday made good their threat to embark on an indefinite strike action as they defied the state government directive to resume schools.
Their decision to steer clear of the school premises is hinged on the directive of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
This was in spite of the “no work, no pay” threat by the state government, which warned that those who refuse to resume work as directed by Governor Godwin Obaseki, would forfeit their salaries.
In most of the schools visited by the Nigerian Tribune Monday morning, while a handful of students showed up, their teachers stayed off the school premises, thus paralysing academic activities.
However, some staff of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) were sighted addressing pupils in some schools.
As at 8.15 am, the gates of the Ugbihoko Primary school, Upper Ekenwan Road, were locked, with no single teacher around, just as a handful of the students were sighted on the dusty road.
In Ogbe Primary school, the gate of the school was initially shut and some pupils were loitering around the area until men of the Public Works Volunteer (PUWOV) came and forced the gate open to allow pupils into the empty premises. The pupils present about twenty were led to a classroom by an official said to have come from the LGEA.
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