Plateau - Parents of primary school pupils in Plateau on Friday in Jos threatened to take the streets in protest if the five-month old teachers' strike is not called off.
Mr Sylvester Yakubu, Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) Chairman in the state, said parents would be forced to take that action to force both sides to resolve their disagreement so that pupils would resume classes.
``It is sad that the primary teachers in Plateau have been on strike for the past five months and up to now there is nothing concrete as to when the strike will be called off.
``If nothing is done soon, we would be forced to go to the streets to press home our grievances,'' Yakubu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.
He explained that the problem was between the Plateau Government and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) but pointed out that ``it is our children that are paying the price''.
The PTA chairman said that the PTA had been going from one office to the other to bring the aggrieved parties to dialogue in a bid to put an end to the lingering strike so that children could go back to school.
``We have been making efforts to speak with the people concerned; we want to see how we can come in as parents to help resolve the issues, but nobody is ready to listen to us.
``We went to the Education Commissioner on Thursday, he directed us to see the Universal Basic Education Board Chairperson, who said she doesn’t know precisely where the problem is,'' he said.
The PTA chairman pointed out that the future of the children is ``on the brink of collapse'' particularly those in the primary schools.
``Schools are resuming next month and nobody knows the fate of those in primary six since they can not write the common entrance examinations because of the strike.
``As parents, we will not fold our hands and continue to wait until the two warring parties decide to call a truce while the future of our children is in jeopardy,'' he said.
Chairperson of SUBEB Lyop Mang claimed the government was ``on top of the situation''.
``All necessary measures are being put in place to end the strike. Negotiations are on-going and l am sure by next week schools will be opened,'' she said.