Private school teachers are groaning as coronavirus lockdown continues and is hitting them hard, Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation has learned.
In an interview, with Miss. Joy Akawu, headteacher, All Saints Nursery and Primary School, she shared predicaments teachers at the private schools are going through as a result of coronavirus lockdown that has led to the closure of schools for over four months.
Asked how she has been affected by the coronavirus lockdown, Akawu said since the lockdown began the school authority has stopped her salaries and that of her colleagues, making it difficult for her and colleagues to feed and take care of other bills.
Akawu explained that her brothers are now helping her to survive, pointing out that things are very difficult because she no longer gets salaries since the school has been closed down.
Akawu told MAWA team, her colleagues are in dire need of help, pointing out that the coronavirus lockdown is hitting them hard.
She disclosed that on many occasions, she had assisted them from the little money she gets from her brothers.
When MAWA team, sought her explanation regarding the kind of help her school authority has provided for the teachers during the lockdown, Akawu said there was no help from the school authority.
Akawu has since appealed to the federal government to set aside intervention funds to assist teachers in the private school in a similar situation to coronavirus lockdown in the future.
She argues that the intervention fund is very fundamental considering the services teachers render either private or public.
Akawu who gave assurances that the school will return to normalcy after the coronavirus lockdown, said there will be a lot of work to be done to cover lost ground, but assured teachers will work hard for the pupils to cover the syllabus.
She, however, pointed out that apart from the Coronavirus affecting teachers’ economy, it will also affect social interaction among teachers and pupils.
This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA