Go back to work, Delta govt tells striking teachers

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—DELTA State Government, weekend, said it was not owing secondary school teachers in the state salaries as they have no reason to continue their solidariry strike action with their primary school counterparts.

Directing the Secondary School teachers in the state to resume work today, without fail, the state government said it would invoke “No work no pay” rule should the teachers fail to heed the order.

The state government, in a statement by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, said that it would not tolerate strike actions that may jeopardise the smooth conduct of teaching and learning in public schools in the state.

It will be recalled that teachers in both public primary and secondary schools in the state on March 9, embarked on strike over unpaid salaries and promotion arrears.

Osahor in the statement said: “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has directed teachers and principals of public secondary schools in the state to resume normal classes with effect from Monday, March 20, 2017, without fail.

“The continued ‘sympathy’ strike by secondary school tachers in the state, in solidarity with their primary school counterparts is quite unreasonable and uncalled for as matters concerning Promotions and Inter Cadre Transfers, have been approved and implemented by the State Government, through the Post Primary Education Board. This is in line with Government avowed commitment to the welfare of Teachers in the State.

“This ill-timed and ill-conceived strike action is particularly worrisome, considering the fact that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, will commence on Monday, March 20, 2017.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government will henceforth apply the policy of ‘No Work, No Pay’ on any school principal or Teacher who fails to resume work on Monday, March 20, 2017.”

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