Months after the closure of schools in Osun due to Coronavirus, some teachers and staff of private schools are unhappy about their poor standard of living because of the non-payment of their salaries.
Some teachers working with private schools in Osun spoke with Infomateng.com express their mind and how their employers used the opportunity to their sole advantage and deny them their salaries.
They noted that even though many of the pupils already paid their school fees, the owners of the schools were not willing to pay them their salaries.
The teachers added that many schools were almost rounding off the session before the government declared the shutdown of academic institutions.
Ajayi Joseph said he engaged in home lesson for survival now since the proprietor of his school has refused to pay since February despite collecting almost all tuition fees from the students before schools were closed.
He observed that while those in government schools were being paid, the ones in private schools were home without pay.
Another teacher, Ajibola Modupeola in Osogbo said the proprietor of the school where she teaches had asked them to stay at home since February ending.
She revealed that since then, she had to start selling pure water just to survive the harsh period.
Mr Yemi Adelani, a teacher in one of the private schools in Ilesa, said ever since schools were shut, he had not been paid any money by the owner of the school where he works.
He revealed that since then, he and other teachers in private schools had begun home lessons for students for a fee as a way of survival.
“It’s from this home lesson that we get some stipends to feed our family since the proprietors are no longer paying us.
“At least, I received weekly pay from some of the parents that I teach their children,” he said.
A school proprietor in Osogbo who spoke under anonymity said “The truth is that even as at the time schools were being closed in the state, many students were yet to pay their tuition, some only paid half and we can’t go into their houses to ask for the money because we did not finish the term.
“Private school proprietors are also helping the government in one way or the other to remove people from the labour market and reduce unemployment in the town.