A Primary 'Classroom' in Nigeria Nigerian primary teachers in Kogi state are striking over unpaid allowances The teachers are now in the third week of their strike and are owed 1.3 Nigerian Nairas by the state government. Regular readers of this site will know that this is an ongoing struggle in Nigeria as the teachers and their union the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), fight for a living wage. Teachers in some parts of Nigeria do not even earn the minimum wage of $118 a month. The president of the Kogi regional NUT, Suleimon Yakubu has said that this struggle is one of 'no retreat and no surrender.' At the same time Yakubu said that the teachers were extremely worried about the state of public primary schooling with parents who could find the money decamping to private schools as the state schools become more and more run down. According to a recent report class sizes can be as large as 150, the infrastructure is poor and there is a severe shortage of trained teachers - hardly surprising when teachers scarcely earn enough to survive on - leave alone to keep a family. (To read more about the background to these struggles and the role of the World Bank as well as statements by education unions in Nigeria, type 'Nigeria' in the search engine on this site)