Teachers Stay Away as Students Resume in Oyo

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Ademola Babalola in Ibadan

Public school teachers currently on strike as declared by the Oyo state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Monday defied the state government order to resume classroom work.

However, most students of public primary , secondary and tertiary schools in the state resumed for academic work after a month of forced vacation due to the industrial action embarked upon by the civil servants in the state.

In some of the schools visited, both students and teachers refused to resume for academic activities except a few schools where some principal staff were seen in their offices.

When asked to comment on the boycott, the principal officers refused to speak on the development.

An anonymous, however, explained that none of the teachers would resume until an order was issued by the leadership of the labour union.

” The teachers had a pending issue with the state government which is yet to be resolved . It is only the union leadership that will issue a directive to the workers to resume work because it is the union that declared the strike in the first place, and not the government,” the source said.
The state government last Friday gave an order to the aggrieved workers to resume work, and also directed the schools to re-open on Monday.

The schools were shut last month following the engagements of some students in anti-government protest.

Further details later