There was pandemonium yesterday in various Universal Basic Education (UBE) schools in Makurdi, the Benue state capital where the students are taking their junior school certificate examinations when a group of teachers stormed the campuses and disrupted the exercise.
The action of the teachers who are operating under the auspices of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is to enforce compliance by erring members of the union who did not join their counterparts across the nation in the nationwide strike.
The erring staff are primary school teachers working under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and are deployed to teach the students of the UBE programme, as well as conduct the JS examination exercise.
LEADERSHIP gathered that as at Monday, between 8 and 11 am, the teachers had invaded the St. Catherine Primary school where a UBE secondary school is situated, near the school of nursing Makurdi and ordered the stop of the examination because, according to them, their members were not supposed to take part in the invigilation.
The situation, however, it was gathered caused serious commotion in the school and resulted into crises. Some of the students who had no knowledge of the development had to quickly flee from the place for safety while the erring teachers were ambushed by those who came to enforce the strike action.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that more than one hundred students of the UBE schools who were said to have missed their examinations papers had angrily ganged up and protested, barricaded the roads and demanded that the state NUT chairman address them.
However, the state NUT chairman, Mr. Godwin Anya who confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday, however said the secretariat was yet to get the full details of the incident but insisted that the action by the teachers does not in any way contravene the law. He said every teacher in the state is expected to observe the industrial action and not to go for any examination invigilation.