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Lagos: Lawyers Threaten Legal Redress Overs Teachers’ Promotion Policy

Posted: Dec 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The recent promotion exercise that had pitched some teachers in the employment of the Lagos State government took a new turn as a group of concerned lawyers in the state have threatened to seek legal redress.

The lawyers in solidarity with the state public schools teachers, who are discontented over the 2015 promotion and assessment exercise, have appealed to the state government to toe the path of honour by resolving the issue without delay.

In a statement jointly signed and made available to Daily Independent, by Barr. Gbenga Paseda and Adeniji Adediji, on behalf of other concerned lawyers, faulted some aspects of the promotion exercise conducted earlier this year for the upgrade of teachers in the state to the next cadre.

The Concerned Lawyers in the joint statement stated that, ‘it appeared the Lagos government was working against the teachers’ career progression, where hard work, commitment and performance would not be recognised and rewarded.

It explained that feelers from members of the group showed deep unease among teachers in the six education districts of the state, when news filtered in that some of their colleagues have been allegedly secretly selected for promotion even when the results of the examinations have not been fully been released and made public.

The discovery spontaneously sparked disappointment and anger among the affected dedicated teachers. They described the development as a total violation of the new Performance -Based Promotion Policy of the state government introduced by the last administration.

They alleged that the new promotion, parameter pegged written examination between 20-30 per cent, while the actual job performance was increased to between 45 and 50 per cent according to the officers’ grade level.

‘Having written both the 2015 written and oral examinations, and performed relatively well. The teachers anxiously awaited the final results of their promotion exercise. But, shortly, many of the teachers said they were shocked and confused when only the results of the written part of the examination were released and pasted across the six Education Districts.

‘Those that scored up to 10/20 or 12/25 or 15/30, accordingly, were still rejoicing when information got to them that only the written part would be used for their promotion’, the statement added.

Touched by the teachers’ plight, the concerned lawyers denounced the policy as unjust and unfriendly to the affected workers’ career.

They called on the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigerian Confederation of Principal of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and the Tutor-Generals of the six Education Districts not to leave their aggrieved colleagues and teachers to their current travails.

“We urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, a son of a teacher, to quickly rectify the anomalies for the interest of quality teaching. He should order the immediate release of the full results of this year’s teachers promotion exercise and be pasted across all the education districts, for justice, fair-play and transparency.

“The state should holistically and religiously implement its new performance-based promotion policy as contained in the new promotion policy.

‘That the teachers with a total cumulative aggregate score of 50 per cent (GL 6-10), 55 per cent (GL 12-14) and 60 per cent (GL 15-17), should be given their deserved right of promotion,’ it added.

The group in the statement submitted, “However, failure to address our teachers’ promotion for this year will leave us with no other option than to seek legal redress in the court against Lagos government”.

However, some teachers and members of teachers’ unions in the state, who would want their names in print, disagreed with the position of the saying that that only those that failed to score up to 10 out of 20 points in the written test are the ones complaining.