Coronavirus pushed us into deep poverty, suffering – Keffi Teacher

Mrs. Bilkisu Suileman, a private school teacher, has continued to lament how coronavirus pushed her and her colleagues into deep poverty and suffering, an action she said was triggered by the closure of schools.

Suileman who spoke to Media Advocacy West Africa foundation (MAWA Foundation) at the Baptist Primary School Keffi, said she has not been paid salaries for over five months.

Suileman who said she teaches at the Marum International Academy, Keffi, told MAWA she has not been paid salaries because teachers depend on the pupils’ school fees to be paid salaries.

She however added that since the school has been closed as a result of coronavirus the school cannot generate income and pay them salaries.

She said some of her colleagues now survive by organizing private lessons while others have resorted to doing small business.

She told MAWA that since she no longer collects salaries, her economy and finances have gone too bad exposing her to untold hardship.

“The coronavirus is affecting teachers’ economy and hitting us bad” Suileman said.

This is even as she told MAWA that she does not believe that coronavirus exists, saying she has not seen it.

She faulted the government for showing the virus only on the television and not showing patients who are affected in physical for Nigerians to see and know them.

“Coronavirus has pushed my colleagues and I into deep poverty, we are not been paid salaries, our kids need to eat,” Suileman said.

She has since appealed to the government to help lift the ban, open school and allow teachers and pupils to return to classes, she pointed out that if the schools’ closure continues; teachers are likely to commit suicide as many may not survive a hard time.

“Please we are suffering, if this continues, some teachers who cannot bear the pain may decide to commit suicide, she added.

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA

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