Teachers in Ebonyi State yesterday expressed dismay over alleged discrepancies and irregularities in the payment of their salaries.
They said the discrepancies undermine the efforts of the state government in the realisation of its policy on education and has brought untold hardship to them and their families.
Chairman of the state chapter, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Comrade Joseph Nweke, while speaking at Abakaliki Township Stadium during this year’s World Teachers Day, called on the state government to urgently address the matter.
Nweke noted that there were disparities in the salaries paid to teachers in the month of February, May and June which he described as worrisome.
He also condemned the non-implementation of the 27.5 percent Teachers Enhancement Allowance, TEA, by the state government and the non-payment of September 2011 salary owed to secondary school teachers.
“It is embarrassing that these salaries are still withheld even when other workers in the state civil and public service have been paid as far back as April,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor Dave Umahi, who described teachers as very important in child upbringing and nation building, pledged to tackle their problems.
He said there should be no reason for salary discrepancies between the local government and state civil/public service.
The governor therefore set-up a committee to investigate the non-payment of September 2011 teachers’ salary and directed it to report back to him within ten days.

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