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Nimba Teachers Ignore NTAL Call To Lay Down Chalks
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
GANTA, September 27 (LINA) – Teachers across Nimba County have snubbed the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), which had asked them to stop working in demand of the resignation of Education Minister George K. Werner, and are carrying on their normal activities.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency on Monday, Nimba County Education Officer Moses Dologbay said teachers in the county are still committed to their job, despite calls by the NTAL for them to abandon the classrooms.
He said reports gathered from District Education Officers in the county suggest that normal academic activities are going on without interference.
Dologbay hailed the decision of the teachers to remain in the classrooms as a demonstration of their commitment to contribute to the human resource development of the country, pointing out that their action is worth commendation.
According to Dologbay, teachers in the county were cautioned to remain in class despite the grievances they may have, adding that “boycotting classes is not the right option in seeking redress.”
Meanwhile, LINA Correspondent who visited schools in three major cities in the county - Saclepea, Ganta and Bahn - on an independent investigation, saw schools in these cities functioning with teachers in the classrooms.
Our Correspondent said several of the teachers spoken to informed him that they are paid by the government and not any pressure group, including the NTAL, and, as such, they remain committed to working for the Liberian government as their principal employer.
It can be recalled that the NTAL recently called on its members to lay down their chalks in demand of the resignation of Education Minister Werner on grounds that he lacks the ability to transform the country's education sector.
The NTAL also cited inconsistency in policies and disrespect for teachers as some of the reasons for their call for the Education Minister’s resignation.