Private School Teachers embarked on a protest match in Lagos, for non-payment of their salaries before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic that caused schools across Nigeria to be shutdown.
The Teachers who are in their hundreds, carried placards and protested what they called injustice melted against them, given the economic hardship in the country.
Some of the Teachers claimed they have not been paid for nine months, even before the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.
A protesting Teacher said: “Owing is kind of daily routine for the school, but the lockdown made the situation worse for us teachers this time around.
“The school is owing five months before COVID-19, and we are home for another good four months, making nine months of no salary.”
However, the President of National Association of Private School Teachers (NAPST), Comrade Akhigbe Olumhense, while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday, July 23, disclosed that more than 100,000 teachers in Private Schools cannot fend for their families, and are finding it hard to pay their bills due to the closure of schoold caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
He also called on the Federal and State Government, together with public-spirited individuals to come to the aid and reduce the sufferings of Private School Teachers in Nigeria.
In a latest development, the President of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Chief Yomi Otubela, in a zoom conference disclosed that the salary arrears of Private School Teachers would be paid from the N2.3 trillion stimulus package recently approved by the Federal Government.
This gesture is expected to assuage the plight of the Teachers, who have suffered untold hardship during this period of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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