KADUNA State Government has threatened to relieve from duty any teacher who deliberately absents him/herself from their duty post just as the Nigerian Union of Teachers in the state commence their industrial action today.
The strike embarked upon by the union HEADLINE understands is to protest the recent sack of 21,789 primary school teachers who failed the government-organised competency test.
The state governor, Nasir El-rufai described the strike as an aim to derail the ongoing education reforms in the state noting that this will not be accepted by the state government.
“It has come to the notice of the Kaduna state government that the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has declared an indefinite strike.
“This is an illegal action, and will not achieve its aim of derailing the education reforms being implemented by the government.
“The Kaduna state government is not available to be blackmailed into knowingly retaining unqualified teachers; neither would it mortgage the futureof two million primary school pupils because failed teachers are shamelessly mobilizing sentiment.
“At the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Labour, the Kaduna state government twice met in Abuja with the officials of the NLC and the NUT. Governor Nasir el-Rufai personally led the Kaduna state delegation to the first meeting.
“During these interactions, KDSG made it clear that as an employer, it has every right to determine who its employees are or can be, and the minimum qualifications they must possess.
“The Kaduna state government wishes to inform the public that it has instructed its education administrators to open registers in all its schools, starting from Monday, 8th January, 2018.
“Any teacher that is absent from work will be treated with the consequences that pertain to absconding from duty under the Public Service Rules.
“There can be no doubt that KDSG will take firm and decisive disciplinary action against personnel who absent themselves from duty, including dismissal from service.
“KDSG recalls that the NUT placed primary school pupils, who are the victims of failing teachers, in danger by pushing them into the streets to demonstrate for the retention of bad teachers.
“That ruse failed. Some union leaders are also likely to be prosecuted for assault, unlawful procession and destruction of public property when they attacked the State House of Assembly.
“The children of the poor are the ones that attend public primary schools. We owe them a decent standard of education, and we shall provide it,” a statement from his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan said.
The NUT had had directed its members to commence indefinite strike today to press home their disagreement with the planned sack some public primary school teachers in the state. The directive was contained in a notice of strike dated January 4 and signed by the union- Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Anglo.