“This ugly situation has created disparity between teachers and other civil servant in the state, thus making teachers and the teaching profession below others, whereas we are the mother of all other professions.
Paul Obiajuwo, Port Harcourt
The Nigeria Union Teachers, (NUT) Rivers State Wing has pleaded with Governor Nyesom Wike to use the Paris Club refund, in which the state had received over N34 billion, to pay backlogs of teachers’ promotion arrears in the state.
The state Chairman of the NUT, Sir Lucky Nkporgne-Dumnatah, made this plea yesterday in Port Harcourt at the opening of the 6th Quadrennial Delegate Conference of the state wing.
Speaking, Dumnatah stated that since 2000/2010 promotion of the senior secondary school teachers have not been implemented, adding that the Universal Basic Education, (UBE) from 2010 till date have not conducted any promotional exercise or payment made.
He said the non-payment of arrears have inflicted poverty on teachers in the state and making them to behave like beggars.
The NUT chair said: “The governor should use the Paris refund to pay our promotion arrears. The state among the few states that received the highest allocation in the Paris found.”
The Nigeria Conference of Principals schools, (NCOPS) and Association of Primary School Heads of Nigeria, (APHSON) have flayed the regular absence of the governor, and the Commissioner for Education Prof Kanie Ebekwu in almost all teachers’ functions in the state, adding that is not healthy for the educational sector.
However, the Guest Lecturer, who is a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof J. B. Kenani, added that the quality of teachers determines the quality of students they will produce
Kenani said: “The teachers have the power to change a generation through quality education, but maintain that for functional and qualitative education, the environment most be very friendly, and concerned for functional learning to take place.”