Exams – Pupils Appeals to Nasarawa Govt, NUT to End Strike
Some primary school pupils in Nasarawa State have
appealed to the State Government and the Nigeria
Union of Teachers (NUT) to end the protracted primary
school teachers strike to enable them write their
common entrance examination.
Some of the pupils made the appeal on Sunday in
separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area of
They also said that their fate of going to Junior
Secondary School one is yet to be known due to the
ongoing teachers strike, hence the need for the state
government and the union to dialogue in order to end
Mr Emmanuel Sunday, a pupil, said: “I am a class six
pupil and since June we are at home due to the
indefinite strike action embarked upon by our teachers
and this strike had affected us negatively as we are
yet to write our common entrance examination.
“It is only when class six pupils write and pass the
common entrance examination that he or she is
qualified to be admitted in to Junior Secondary School
(JSS I) and now we are still at home, how can we go
to JSS 1 without write the common entrance
“It is in view of this that, I want to appeal to both the
state government and the state Nigeria Union of
Teachers (NUT) to dialogue in order to end the
ongoing Primary School teachers strike across the
state so as to enable the pupils resumes school and
to write their common entrance examination.
“Because there is no how for one to jump to JSS one
without writing the common entrance examination and
everybody in the country is aware that the basic
education of every child begin at the primary school,
once if a child basic education is faulty, if care is not
taken the child secondary and tertiary education will
be affected negatively,” he said.
Another pupil, Ms Hauwa Musa said: “I am a primary
six pupil and the ongoing strike had affected my
education negatively as my fate of going in to JSS one
is yet to be known due to the ongoing teachers strike.
“My appeal to the state government and the state NUT
body is for them to dialogue in order to end the
ongoing primary school teachers in our interest and for
the overall development of the education sector.”
According to her, the success of the education of
every child depended upon on the quality of primary
education given to the child.
Mr Joseph Zaba, another primary school pupil, said:
“We are not happy sitting at home the strike is
unfortunate as it is affecting our education negatively.
“As you know, we are at home for more than two
months now and the strike is still ongoing, it is not
good for us because our cry is for the government and
the teachers to dialogue so as to save our future,” he
NAN recalls that on June 13 primary teachers in the
state under the aegis of NUT embarked on an
indefinite strike rejecting the payment of their monthly
salaries in percentages.