Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has expressed shock over the decision of the kwara State government to disengage 2,414 teachers employed by the immediate past administration.
In a statement yesterday by its chairman, Issa Ore, the union said that the decision to sack that large number of workers was too harsh on the affected people, their families and dependents. It said the situation would make life unbearable for them and their families; more so that their sack had already created a vacuum in the classrooms, which was also not good for the development of education. “We wish to stress further that a decision that government will have to re-engage new hands with shallow field experience, may have a big setback on the students.
“We are pleading with His Excellency and the Government of Kwara to please rescind the decision on this issue, so that these teachers can be re-absorbed to continue with their jobs,” it said.
The union argued that by rescinding its decision, government would reduce the rate of unemployment in the state, while commending it further for the immediate payment of seven months’ salary arrears to 594 of the sacked teachers, whose entitlements were withheld since June. The state government had last week announced the retrenchment of the teachers, under the service of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), tagged ‘sunset workers’, for allegedly being unqualified as teachers, a claim that was disputed by Organized Labor.