INDICATION emerged in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Tuesday that primary and Secondary school teachers may eventually settle for crisis with the state government over the yet-to-be implemented new Teachers Salary Structure (TSS).
It would be recalled that the teachers across the nation under the umbrella of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) embarked on a nationwide strike sometime in August 2008, which lasted for almost two months over the new salary structure.
At a subsequent meeting between all the state governors and the National Headquarters of the NUT, it was reportedly agreed that the salary structure should be implemented by all the state governments in the federation.
However, while some of the state governments have reportedly started the implementation of the salary structure, the Osun State government has denied its awareness of the said agreement.
Speaking with journalists in his office during the week, the State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan said that no such agreement either written or oral was made by the state government and the teachers.
He claimed that the state government under the leadership of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola is the best state government to take good care of teachers across the nation. Adesiyan insisted that the state government would not make any implementation of the TSS and warned the teachers in both the primary and the secondary schools to stop agitating for any implementation of the said structure.
Contrary to the denial of the state government over the TSS, the state chapter of the NUT has disagreed with the government, insisting there was a written agreement, signed by the forum of governors and the NUT.
The state chapter of the UNT has reportedly started wondering why the government should make such denial and warned the government to start the implementation of the structure before the end of January.
Apart from the grievances over the new salary structure, OSUN DEFENDER gathered that both the primary and secondary schools’ teachers are still been owed some months’ salaries and allowances.
Based on all these, the teachers in the state, it was gathered could embark on another state-wide strike any moment from now.
Besides, despite the much-touted free education policy of the present administration, it was gathered that students are still being charged various sums of money.
Also, OSUN DEFENDER’s on-the spot assessments of some of the primary and secondary schools in the state capital showed that the huge sum of money, said to have been spent on education was a waste, as many of the classroom buildings are still in a bad shape.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED