Public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State, remained closed on Monday and Tuesday, despite an order by the state government for them to be reopened.
On Saturday, Oyo State’s Information Commissioner, Toye Arulogun, announced that schools closed in the wake of labour and students’ opposition to Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s proposed “privatization” of schools, would reopen.
Mr. Arulogun said the schools were to open for teaching on Monday.
He said only 17 schools whose students took part in a violent protest against the “privatization” plan, were to remain closed until the “management of the schools submit an undertaking to the government that the students under their care will not engage in nor be used for violent acts and that their safety will be guaranteed”.
But on Monday and Tuesday teachers refused to return to work.
PREMIUM TIMES monitored the level of compliance across the state.
In places where students complied with the government order to return to school, there were no teachers.
In Saki, some students of Asabari Grammar School, Ansarudeen High School and Baptist High School went to school.
Salam Saheed, a Saki-based freelance Journalist and blogger, told PREMIUM TIMES that, “Some of the students went to school this morning but returned since no teacher was on duty.
“By and large, schools have not been reopened despite the government order.”
Teachers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said the government’s order could not be effective, as they were still on strike.
Before the proposal to involve private bodies in the running of the schools, the government and the workers had been squabbling over unpaid salaries.
Teachers in secondary schools, like workers in other public establishments, have not received their salaries since January. The last pay received was for December, 2015.
However, primary school teachers who are under local government councils, have been paid up to April.