Teachers in the Bauchi province in Northern Nigeria have stormed government offices demanding to be paid after working for 11 months without salary.
A representative for the teachers said: ‘We want Governor Isa Yuguda to intervene and address this situation, because we are suffering, The situation is even more pathetic for those of us posted to remote areas. How can teachers transport, feed and accommodate themselves without salaries?’
The teachers carried placards saying, ‘we cannot feed our families’, ‘we are suffering.’ They are working in one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a teacher – Bauchi state is subject to attacks by the group Boko Haram which has killed many teachers and hundreds of children over the past few years. It hit the global headlines when they abducted over 200 school girls in Chibok. Since then the great and the good have made pious and largely meaningless calls for ‘safe schools’ while of course doing absolutely nothing to change the endemic poverty and despair caused by the neoliberal market free for all in the global South, which the very same people promote.
It almost defies belief that these teachers, many of whom are working in the most remote areas at risk of their lives, are not even being paid the small amount of pay which they are promised. Such work is little short of heroic, even more so when class sizes are often huge and conditions very bad, yet these teachers have carried on working without pay. And these are some of the people who the World Bank chooses to blame for the failure to reach the target of Education for All.
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