Public primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa state are yet to resume for the 2016/2017 session because of the failure of the state government to settle their seven months’ salary arrears.
The teachers embarked on a strike at the end of the 2015/2016 long vacation which ended in the first week of September.
The Bayelsa chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers in a statement yesterday advised teachers to stay at home till their demands were met.
The union said the industrial action became inevitable after the expiration of its 21-day ultimatum to the government on September 19.
State Chairman of the NUT, KALAAMA TOINPRE, and Secretary, JOHNSON HECTOR, said the teachers condemned alleged efforts to factionalize the union.
The union said it remained the legally recognised body charged with the responsibility of agitating for the welfare of primary and secondary school teachers.
The state Commissioner for Education, MARKSON FEFEGHA said government had been meeting with the teachers to resolve the issues.