OSUN State Government has reportedly taken some measures towards ensuring that teachers in the state call-off their on-going strike by directing the State Post-Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission to issue a circular to Principals of all public secondary schools in the state to open attendance registers for both the teaching and non-teaching members of staff in their respective schools, OSUN DEFENDER investigation revealed.
The circular letter with reference no PPSB/AD/48/139 directed the schools’ heads “to open registers and record properly, the daily attendance of both the teaching and non-teaching staffers in their respective schools as from Tuesday 3rd, March 2009”.
The medium also gathered that the concerned principals in the state were also directed to ensure that their members of staff indicate the time of their reporting and exit from schools in the said attendance book.
They were also directed to rule the attendance register at 8.00 a.m on daily basis and 2.00pm, at the close of each day’s work.
The said circular letter, according to the medium’s investigation, was signed by Mr. Demola Akinyemi, the Director of Establishment, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau.
Sequel to Osun State government’s directives, Osun State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, Alhaji Saka Adesiyan has urged all teachers in the state service to see the government circular as an empty threat, OSUN DEFENDER’S investigation in Ile-Ife has revealed
Alhaji Adesiyan assured members that the union will pursue their course to a logical conclusion and therefore asked them to sit tight at their respective homes.
It would be recalled that teachers in the south western states of the country with exemption of Ogun and Lagos States embarked on an indefinite strike action for the past two weeks, especially, Osun teachers to whom the state government had promised to implement their new salary scales from January,2009 before reneging on its promise.
OSUN DEFENDER’s visits to some public primary schools in Ile-Ife, Ifetedo and Ipetumodu respectively revealed that the public school teachers did not comply with the state government directives as public schools were deserted by both the teachers and the pupils.
By SOLA JACOBS