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Oyo teachers won’t get July pay, govt insists

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Despite public outcry and pleas from members of the Oyo State wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the state government has insisted that it would not pay teachers’ July salary.The state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, reiterated the government’s position on Tuesday while receiving the union’s executive members in his office.A statement by the ministry’s Press Officer, Mr. Tunde Ajibike, quoted the commissioner as t

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Despite public outcry and pleas from members of the Oyo State wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the state government has insisted that it would not pay teachers’ July salary.The state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, reiterated the government’s position on Tuesday while receiving the union’s executive members in his office.A statement by the ministry’s Press Officer, Mr. Tunde Ajibike, quoted the commissioner as telling the teachers that the decision not to pay their July salaries was unanimously taken at the State Executive Council meeting.He added that the decision was based on the fact that the teachers did not work for that month.The teachers had gone on strike during the period to press home their demand for the implementation of the 27.5 per cent increase in salary.He said the strike was not the solution to any industrial problem, regretting that the teachers’ last strike led to the delay in conducting the Junior School Certificate Examination and the entrance examination into the seven schools of science in the state.He said the state government was passionate about the provision of qualitative education to pupils, adding that the present administration would look into other demands of the teachers with a view to improving on their welfare. He added that a consultative forum consisting of all the stakeholders in education sector would be inaugurated to deliberate on how to move the education sector forward, in order to meet present and future challenges.He frowned on all acts of indiscipline among the teachers, including lateness, selling products and wares in schools, absenteeism and extortion among others.

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