The Parent Teachers’ Association of King’s College, Lagos on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to prevent another strike in the Unity Schools by meeting the request of the teachers.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Emman Oriakhi, made the appeal in Lagos.
On Sept. 22, teachers in the 104 Unity Colleges across the country, under the aegis of the Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, had embarked on a strike.
The teachers were demanding the payment of their salary arrears and allowances put at N1.8 billion.
According to Oriakhi, it is usually not the best for teachers or any group of employees to embark on strike before their demands are met.
“We the parents of King’s College are in solidarity with the teachers who are demanding for their rights.
“This development does not portray our country in good light before the rest of the world.
“It is just too unfortunate for them to go on strike to press for their allowances and arrears which ordinarily must be given to them as their legitimate right.
“It is worrisome that not much has been done in an attempt to honour the terms under which the strike was called off.
“We are aware that the teachers are already threatening to embark on another strike if government fails to yield to their demands by January 2015,” he said.
The chairman alleged that government was yet to implement the agreement reached with the teachers at a meeting with their representatives which culminated in the suspension of strike.
“We are certainly not happy with this development because our children will be the ones to suffer it most.
“Unity Colleges are supposed to be an attraction force, model and place to be for qualitative education.”
Oriakhi said the colleges had lost one whole month out of their academic calendar, having also stayed away as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.
The chairman pleaded with the Federal Government, on behalf of all stakeholders, to get the issue resolved in the interest of the children and the country at large.
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