Nigerian teachers embark on nationwide strike

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Primary and secondary teachers in Nigeria resumed their suspended strike Monday to press for the implementation of a unified salary structure, which they believe will enhance their pay.

An official of the umbrella Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Onem Onem, said the union’s resolution to embark on an indefinite strike was because of the Federal Government’s call for fresh negotiation on the issue of a Teachers’ Salary Structure (TSS).

“With effect from 12 midnight on Sunday June 29th, 2008, principals, head teachers and teachers of primary, secondary, technical, unity, special and command schools will withdraw their services”, he told journalists in the capital city of Abuja Sunday.

The federal government had said it could only implement the unified salary structure for teachers in its own institutions, while leaving the 36 states to determine the pay for teachers in their own schools.

The teachers had earlier this month embarked on a week-long ‘warning strike’, which has forced the postponement of the National Examinations Council (NECO) for senior secondary school leavers. Panapress .

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