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World Teachers Day: Promotion, payment of arrears top demand by teachers in Rivers

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Teachers in Rivers State have made series of demands from the state government as the world teachers day takes centre stage.

Some of the demands include; implementation of the financial benefits of promotions and payment of arrears, release of promotion interviews for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The teachers also demanded the conduct of promotion interviews for teachers as well as an annual increase in teachers salaries.

The demands were contained in an address read by the Rivers State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Lucky Nkpogone in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Nkpogone said teachers must be given special attention for them to perform the ” surgery “of getting to the ” heart of Education Recovery ”

According to the state NUT Chairman, the union “observed that promotion of UBE teachers for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 had been conducted, results released and letters issued but the financial implementations and arrears of the promotions are yet to be paid”.

On conducted of promotion interview the NUT boss pointed out ” that promotion and its financial implication is one of the statutory rights a worker has and a source of motivation of such a worker. Any worker whose promotion doesn’t come as at when due is downcasted and may not be willing to put in his or her best.

Nkpogone also said it was ” embarrassing and worrisome” that promotion interviews for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 have not been conducted.

He appealed to the Rivers State government to address their demands.

The theme of this year’s World Teachers Day is ” Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery”.

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