Teachers are billed to boycott tomorrow’s Teachers Day celebration to protest plans to bring primary school teachers under control of local government councils, says Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
The union said salaries of primary school teachers have not been guaranteed and will turn for the worse if plans by National Assembly to bring them under local government control sail through.
“We see no reason to celebrate when Federal Government and National Assembly are contemplating putting teachers under local governments in the name of autonomy,” said NUT president Michael Olukoya at a press briefing in Abuja.
But supervising education minister Nyesom Wike said Federal government was not involved in moves for council autonomy, insisting NUT should take its demands to the legislature.
He said: “What’s important is why the salaries of teachers are not being paid.
“Salaries have nothing to do with whether you [teachers] are under federal or state government,” Wike said noting that teachers’ pay was deducted at source before councils get their allocation.