GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE SUPPLIED TEXBOOKS BY NOW IF WE HAD LAID DOWN OUR TOOLS _Hon Jerry Akporhor

 

Supposing from the beginning of this academic year, our unions (GNAT, NAGRAT, CCT, ATAG,TEWU) ask us to lay down tools and refuse to teach until government steps up to provide curriculum and texbooks, government would have no option than to yield to our demands. That’s the power of solidarity.

We waited for it in vain. Tell you what, even if one union says it’s members should go on strike, the others will ask their members to go to work. Conflict of interest. Struggle for power. Infighting. Who will take us serious?

If Doctors and nurses strike or demonstrate government acts fast. When UTAG, POTAG, COTAG, GRNA rise, the country shakes. What’s the secret? Solidarity. One voice. But ours is not like that. Everyone is saying something different. No unity of purpose¬† The reason is simple; too many association with varied interest. Why the plenty association? Usually out of greed.

Our Directors are afraid of losing their positions so they are not talking. Our circuit supervisors are afraid of being demoted back to the classrooms so they are quiet. Our Headteachers are afraid of answering query or getting reposted to hinterlands. Teachers are timid. Culture of silence everywhere.

We are suffering. Yet we are not taking. We are only whispering to one another. Those who are supposed to talk for us are loudly silent. The other day, the Nagrat chairman was able to organize a press conference, talking violently about hair. He’s gone back to sleep. Misplaced priority. Our issue is pathetic.

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