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Friday, August 7, 2020

We’re Being Overworked, NUT Members Cries Out

LAGOS  - The Nigeria Union of Teachers has complained of being overworked due to the class spacing guideline.

In an interview with PUNCH, the Secretary-General of the NUT, Dr Mike Ike-Ene, said teachers’ workload had increased as a result of class spacing which was one of the coronavirus safety guidelines for school resumption for terminal classes.

Ike-Ene  explained that the government at all levels and private employers had not want to employ more hands with the increased workload.

 He said it was more sensible if additional allowances were given to the teachers for the increased workload.

“Doctors and other medical workers are being regarded as frontline workers and they are being paid some allowances for this. There is more pressure on teachers now than before; if you had classes ABCD before COVID-19, now you will have ABCDEFGH because 40 pupil-capacity classes have been divided into 20 pupils each. So, you can calculate how many times a teacher would go round to teach eight classes.

“It applies everywhere, both private and the government-owned schools, where you can’t hire, pay extra remuneration as motivation.  They would usually say they are working on a tight budget, so give motivation. That little path can move a mountain,” Ike-Ene said.

Similarly, the Lagos NUT chairman, Mr Adedoyin Adesina, in an interview with our correspondent, said there was a shortage of teachers in the state.

He said, “We don’t have enough teachers, we have to struggle, we overwork ourselves so as to achieve the vision for the two weeks.”

He added that there was a plan to involve the SS1 and SS2 teachers to complement the efforts of the SS3 teachers so that there would be no gap.

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