March 4, 2021

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Teachers Decry Maltreatment By AKSG

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Teachers under the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Education have decried years of non-payment of their promotion arrears by the state government, describing the Udom Emmanuel administration as unfriendly.
Vice Principal Administration in Uyo High School, Mr. Patrick Ubom said many of his colleagues have missed a lot of financial benefits because of what he described as deliberate delay of promotion letters.
He described the state government’s attitude towards education as the highest level of hypocrisy. “If you hear them on the radio and television or even when they make public speech about their desire to develop the state and boost education, you think they have good will, but if you carryout investigations as you are doing, you will see that they are hypocrites”.
Narrating his ordeal to our correspondent, a physics teacher in Government School, Afaha Eket, Mr. Francis Udofa said he went for promotion interview in 2016 and was promoted same year, but painfully, the financial benefit came from 2018.
“It is very disappointing and discouraging that a government which talks tough about education is treating teacher’s welfare with levity. How can we have good standard of education when the teachers are demoralized?
What happens to the two years? If you take statistics of the affected teachers and other civil servants across the state, you will know how much of our hard earned money has been sliced by the state government.
Also speaking Mr. Ignatius Udoh who said he resigned early this year said he had lost a lot of financial benefits because of the state governments deliberate delay in giving their promotion letter.
The commissioner of education could not be contacted to respond on the matter but Mrs. Emmanuel Udofot, a director in the state secondary education board confirmed the report and said necessary steps were being taken to forestall a repeat of the mix-up.

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