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Teachers protest termination of appointment in Anambra

Over one thousand teachers who were employed by Parent- Teachers Association arrangement in Anambra state have staged a peaceful protest at the state House of Assembly over the termination of their upgraded appointment by the present administration in the state.

The upgraded teachers carried placards with various inscriptions like “we have worked for many years, as PTA teachers, we are here for our Jobs, We voted for Continuity, why terminate our appointment? They gave us appointment letter and now terminate it without any reason” among others as they sang solidarity songs blocking the entrance gate of the legislature.

Their spokesperson, Mr. Uche Eze, explained that after their names were shortlisted by the Ministry of Education as candidates who passed the teachers’ recruitment exercise and were issued letters of appointment on the 3rd of November 2021 to start work as permanent staff.

He regretted that they had worked for seven months waiting to be paid arrears only to be told by their Principals and Headmistresses last month that their appointments had been terminated and that they should reapply for the job if they were still interested.

“We sat for CBT examination and were shortlisted as successful candidates, in November the state government under the last administration gave us appointment letter, we were all excited and willing to continue imparting knowledge on the younger ones.”

Another teacher, Mrs. Esther Ifeonyemetere alleged that two of their colleagues died recently while waiting for government to pay them their seven months’ arrears only to get sack letters.

“two of our members have died, look at us, most of us are married with children that go to school, what do we do, how do we cope in this economic situation in the country, some of us have worked for ten to fifteen years as PTA teachers, this is not fair at all. We gave our full support to this new administration to come into power”

Mr  Onyedika Okoye who said he had been teaching for over 15 years before they were upgraded in November 2021 into the state government employees, said some of them were teaching four subjects despite the paltry sum they received monthly as stipends.

He regretted that the upgraded teachers in primary schools who were issued appointment letters were meant to submit them back in the guise that there was a typographical error but the letters were never returned to them till date.

“.We are about one thousand two hundred upgraded teachers since the present administration said it wants to recruit five thousand teachers, why not recruit about four thousand and add them to our number to get the number, we have passion for this job and that is why we have been working even without pay since seven months, it’s not fair to ask us to leave just like that.”

They, therefore, appealed to the state government to reconsider its decision and retain them back while recruiting new ones to join the system.

The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Uche Okafor while addressing the protesters, promised that the legislative arm will attend to their complaints by discussing with the executive arm over the matter.

Mr Okafor while commending the teachers for their peaceful conduct, expressed the hope that the present administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo was working hard to reposition the state for productivity and development.

Reporting by Uche Ndeke, editing by Daniel Adejo