Ekiti says no going back on compulsory test for teachers

The Ekiti State Government says the Teachers’ Development Need Assessment, scheduled to hold this today, will still hold despite the declaration of strike by the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

The Commissioner for Information, Funminiyi Afuye, who made the disclosure to journalists, said that teachers had declared an indefinite strike, commencing on June 4, to force the government to rescind its decision to test them.

He urged the teachers to rescind their decision on the strike and turn up for the test, insisting that the test is being organized to know the areas of weakness of the teachers and how to help them.

Mr. Afuye said the government would provide adequate security to teachers who would turn up to write the test and warned them not to disobey the constituted authority.

“Government is going ahead with its plan to conduct the Teachers’ Development Need Assesment on Monday”.

“The governor is the chief security officer of the state and adequate security arrangement has been made for teachers who would turn up for the test.

“The government will again advise the teachers to go ahead and sit for the test. If the government is still the employers of the teachers, they should turn up for the test.

“The government is not swayed by the antics of some people, but the consequences of disobedience to constituted authority are there,” Mr. Oyeniyi said.

However, the Principal Assistant Secretary-General of the NUT in the state, Wale Oyeniyi, told journalists that teachers had been directed to go on an indefinite strike from Monday.

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