4 June 2012

Nigeria: Ekiti Teachers Begin Strike Over Test

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Ado — EKITI--As teachers in public schools in Ekiti State have called their members to distance themselves from all the designated centres for the compulsory test slated for today, the state government had vowed that there is no going back in the conduct of Teachers' Development Need Assessment (TDNA) test.

The umbrella body of teachers in the state, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) had directed members to shun the planned assessment test in all the 16 local government areas of the state.

As a matter of fact,the state wing of NUT has declared an indefinate strike from today to register their opposition to the conduct of the test which it saw as an avenue for the state government to witchhunt and them from service.

The Principal Assistant Secretary-General of NUT in Ekiti State, Mr. Wale Oyeniyi, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, Friday, that the union had, at its emergency congress last Wednesday, agreed that they would have nothing to do with the compulsory test.

But the government had said there was no going back in its plan to conduct the test.

According to the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, the opposition of some teachers to the test notwithstanding, the state government would still go ahead with its plan.

While assuring the teachers that the government would make provision for maximum security to protect some of them who may show up for the exercise, Afuye, however, warned the teachers not to disobey the order of what he described as a constituted authority by not participating in the test,adding that the test was being organised to know the areas of weakness of teachers and to know how to further help them.

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