Kogi UBEB asks pupils to resume classes today
According to him: “Schools are resuming on May 4, 2015, so we are pleading with all parents to allow their wards and the Junior Secondary School (JSS) students to resume on time as time waits for nobody.
“The programme of education begins from that very day that the school resumes, so parents should prepare their wards to resume that very day. All fellow teachers should please prepare to go to work immediately.”
On the differences between the board and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), he said he was pleading with them to understand that Kogi belongs to all of us.
“Education of our people and that of generation yet unborn is key to the development of the state.
“The Federal Government and the state government under the governor, that are education-friendly, have provided all the enabling materials.”
He said there are trailer loads of books being deployed from Abuja that would be distributed free of charge to all pupils in public schools.
According to him, the pain of buying expensive books would no longer be there for parents.
“Teachers are ready, teachers in public schools are very qualified”, he said.
On the issue of salary, he said the teachers have been enjoying the same salary with all civil servants from January till the moment.
“As I said, I am pledging that immediately the joint account from the local council is out, teachers would be paid along with all the civil servants and our preparation is in top gear to pay April salary along with the state civil servants if the money hits our account.”
He said he would give that issue a very high priority.
As for the threat over strike, he said there is a committee of all stakeholders, adding that the teachers are part of it hence they cannot embark on strike.
He said: “Those who feel they want to go on strike, the committee is all encompassing, the committee we have constituted is a composite of all the stakeholders and I don’t believe when stakeholders are holding a meeting, they would call for a strike. We are working to see that any issue that would lead to a strike is thrashed.”