Academic activities at the public primary and secondary schools were paralysed yesterday in Kaduna State following the strike action embarked upon by teachers.
The teachers shut down public schools despite the threat by the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to dismiss any teacher absent from duty following calls by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on its members to embark on indefinite strike.
Our correspondents visited major schools within Kaduna metropolis and observed that most of the schools were under lock and key.
They sighted many primary school pupils returning back to their homes, as teachers refused to attend to them and classrooms were locked up.
At LEA Primary School in Kawo, LEADERSHIP observed that all the staff in the school stood outside, while classrooms were under locks.
A staff who did not want her name to be mentioned said, they only came to work, waiting to officially receive notice concerning the strike from NUT , adding that from the following day, “None of the teachers will be in the school premises to teach.”
There was no sign of resumption at Sabon Gari Primary School and Maiduguri Road LEA Primary School situated within the Kaduna metropolis, as the schools remain ghost of themselves.
Also, a teacher from LEA Primary School in Kabala, who was sighted exiting the school premises said they were complying with the strike action, following the state government’s insistence on sacking teachers , despite the interlocutory injunction from court stopping them to take such action.
The state chairman of the NUT, Audu T. Amba told our correspondent that the union was excited with the compliance, and promised to sustain the strike action.
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