by Stanley Azuakola
Out of the 16,000 teachers in the employ of the Ekiti State government, not one showed up for the compulsory Teachers’ Development Assessment Test (TDNA) organised by the state government in 39 centres across Ekiti State.
The state government had earlier warned the teachers not to test its might by refusing to participate in the exercise, but the teachers, through their umbrella body, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), advised all teachers to stay away.
A strange twist was added to the whole drama when the NUT threatened to lace all the centres designated for the exams with juju and charms. It is unclear whether it was the fear of the dark arts that ensured total compliance with the NUT directive.
The Ekiti State government has said however that it is not deterred and will press on with the programme no matter what. Briefing the press, the Commissioner of Information, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, faulted the NUT for introducing a trade union dimension into a government policy which has nothing to do with teachers’ welfare.
“This is not a matter that deals with the welfare of the teachers and they have not been cheated in any way, so they have no reason to declare any strike or order their colleagues to shun the examination,” he said.