In Cross River State, primary school teachers protest ills that have been done against them. These teachers were demoted in 2016 by the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board.
What is the reason for which these teachers protest?
These teachers protest non-payment of their six year salaries.
Mrs Ekponwan Ekanem, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday on behalf of the protesters, said they had been stagnated by the board, adding that some of their members had died in the process.
She pointed out that, though some of them have rectified some of the issues that led to their demotion, yet the board had refused to listen to them.
The teachers have also insisted that they must be paid the arrears for the six years that the board owed them and promotion arrears.
Another speaker, Mr Kingsley Egbo, further claimed that Gov Ben Ayade had earlier directed the SUBEB to address all the issues arising from the 2016 exercise.
Reacting, the Secretary of SUBEB, Mr Cyril Itam, said the board was waiting for the audit report’s outcome from the Auditor General’s office of the Local Government Service Commission.
The secretary added that for some of them to be receiving lower than what they earned before is the demotion.