Written by Godfrey AKON

Minimum wage: NUT seeks NASS action against private schools

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has called on the National Assembly to sanction private schools over their refusal to comply with the N18,000 national minimum wage policy, despite their sizes and financial viability.

President of the NUT, Comrade Michael Olukoya, who made the call in Abuja at the 2016 NUT Solemn Assembly, described the recruitment and appointment of teachers in the schools as modern day slavery.

"We want to appeal to the National Assembly to equally beam their searchlights on those that are involved in modern day slavery by the way of their recruitment and appointment.

“All our teachers that are teaching in the private schools, they are not receiving the minimum wage, their jobs are not secured, they are not paying some pension and as big as many schools are, with this pension act most of them are not enlisted,” he noted.

Speaking further, Olukoya said Federal Government’s plan to recruit 500,000 teachers was in line with NUT’s demand for the employment of more professional teachers to address the long identified problem of shortage of manpower in schools.

He however called on the government to carry teachers along to avoid making the process an avenue for compensating the children of the rich, adding that there are enough qualified teachers who are roaming the streets.

"The idea of recruiting engineers, architects and lawyers in the name of teaching profession might not serve the desired goals. We want the government of this country to have a rethink by making sure that those that are to be recruited are professional teachers.

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