Teachers in the Zaria Education zone of Kaduna State are divided over the Nigeria Union of Teachers’ recent directive to them to proceed on an indefinite strike.
The NUT in the state had directed them go on strike to press home their demand for the reversal of the sacking of 22,000 teachers by the state government.
Investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria revealed that some teachers who passed the examination conducted by the government reported for duty on Wednesday.
A cross-section of teachers told NAN on condition of anonymity in some schools in Zaria and Sabongari Local Government Areas that they were coerced to report for work.
“I am not here because I want to be here. I have reported for work for fear of victimisation. Government directed all those who passed the examination to come to work.
“Actually, I am disturbed by the sacking of my colleagues who could not get 75 per cent in the examination conducted by the government.
“But remember, examination is not a true test of knowledge; it is a game of luck. One can excellently perform in an examination but may not teach well.
“I am appealing to the government to invite the union for another round of negotiation toward solving the lingering problem,” one of them said.
Another teacher said he was only being a loyal citizen by following the instructions given to them by the state government not to shun work.
He said they were directed to write their names on the attendance register.
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He, however, sympathised with those who failed the examination and urged them to see what happened as part of their “destiny.”
Other teachers claimed that they were in their places of work to satisfy their urge because staying at home would not give them the clear picture of what was going on in schools.
Some others who complied with the NUT directive said that they would remain at home until all their demands were met.
When contacted, the NUT Chairman, Sabongari Local Government, Usman Rabi’u, said the union was not divided on the matter.
According to him, some of the teachers were forced to report at their duty posts.
“I want to assure you that we don’t have a divided house, but we learnt that the Education Secretary had threatened to sack teachers if we refused to report for work.
“Some just go to their schools to register and leave. That’s all, but we are appealing to our teachers not to panic. We are doing everything possible to protect their interest,” he said.