According to Punch, the organisation said since teachers had wasted about five months at home because of Covid-19, they would return to classes as they had known how to take precautions.
When aked to respond to preparations for resumption after the expiration of the January 18 dateline by the Federal Government that schools should reopen, the Secretary-General of NUT, Mike Ene said;
“Yes, we will want to resume. Why not, if not? I don’t think anything will make us not resume. We are ready, but the places where we will not resume are in states where government is owing workers, especially states where government is owing four months to any set of workers, either primary and secondary schools. We have asked our teachers to stay at home in such states.”
“Besides that, we are very ready. Don’t forget that during Covid-19, we wasted about five months at home. So, I don’t think anything now will make us not to resume. Even though there is this second wave, as teachers, we have known how to take precautions.”
Mike Ene noted;
“As I speak, I cannot quote the states that are owing because we just started collecting the data, we have just written all the states to tell us the details about payment. But we have declared a strike in Abia State and so our teachers in Abia State commenced strike on Monday.”
He further stressed that;
“Abia State is owing several months salaries of between 12 and 15 months for both primary and secondary schools and other various things they are owing.”