The Ebonyi chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) ?has criticised the State Government for withdrawing the payment Teachers Salary Structure (TSS) describing the action as `unlawful. ’

The State Government stopped payment of the TSS because the teachers participated in the strike called by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over non-payment of payment of minimum wage.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Mr Joseph Nweke, the State Chairman of the NLC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Monday that the action of the government was a disservice to teachers in the state.

?“It is regrettable that the government withdrew the payment of TSS already being enjoyed by Ebonyi teachers.

?“The action is affecting the zeal of teachers in the discharge of their noble profession. Teachers now teach with a non-challant attitude,’’ he said.

Nweke observed that qualitative and functional education was a pre-requisite to the development of a nation, adding that teachers were the tonic needed for attainment of national greatness.

“If teachers are adequately enhanced, they would be encouraged to give in their best. They should not be treated as underdogs. ” (NAN)