FCT primary school teachers embark on indefinite strike over peculiar allowance

Primary school teachers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their 40 percent peculiar allowance, which failed to be paid by the six area council chairmen.

News men, who visited Gadanasko Science Primary School Gwagwalada, Pilot Science Primary Gwagwalada, and LEA Kwali Primary School, revealed that the school premises were deserted as teachers fully complied with the directive of NUT FCT branch to stay away from class.

Also, some pupils who were not aware of the strike following their zeal to resume academic activities for the first term (2023-2024) were asked by the security guards to return home.

When contacted, the NUT Chairman in Charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Comrade Stephen Knabayi, blamed the area council chairmen for their inability to meet the plight of teachers.

He noted that the union under him had entered into an agreement to settle the entitlements, but the council chairmen continued to renege on the agreement.

Comrade Knabayi further explained that the FCT secondary school teachers have received their 40 percent peculiar allowance, just as he criticised the council chairmen for not giving priority attention to teachers’ welfare.

Leaders who will not come to an agreement after several sittings are not supposed to be called leaders. We spent our time and resources coming up with that agreement, but it was kept to ourselves.

As if they are concentrating on other entitlements of teachers, which they don’t. Can you call these people good leaders? For us, it’s an abuse of the teaching profession to take teachers for granted. “We have already taken a decision; until something is at hand, we are not going back. This issue has lingered since 2014, 2021, and 2022,” he explained.


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