Parents of pupils in public schools in Lagos State at the weekend appealed to teachers in the employment of the state government not to embark on strike today as they threatened.
They said that although the teachers had a good reason to embark on the strike, they should explore other ways of pressing home their demands for the sake of pupils and students.
Reports say that the teachers are planning to go on strike to protest the failure of the government to implement the Teachers Salary Scale (TSS) approved in 2008.
The TSS means a 27.5 per cent increase in teachers’ salaries.
Mr. Samson Idowu, Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, noted that 17 states had implemented the TSS, and expressed dissatisfaction that Lagos State is yet to effect the payment.
“We are appealing to the teachers not to embark on the strike. We have had too many strikes in the past; these strikes have caused so much damage to our public school system,” Mrs. Ramotu Adeleke, urged.
Another parent, Mr. Tajudeen Sadiq, whose child attends the Community Primary School, Ipaja, was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying that the strike was ill-timed.
He noted that pupils and students were expected to resume school today, after a long holiday.
Meantime, the Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights, CDWR, through its secretary,Chinedu Bosah,weekend in Lagos, condemned the deliberate refusal of some state governors to implement the 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Scale, TSS, enhanced pay as it will not augur well for industrial peace in the educational system.