Teachers in the Ekiti province of Nigeria are the latest section of educators in the country who are having to strike in order to be paid at all. School was due to return from the summer break on Wednesday but the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has instructed its members not to turn up. They have not been paid at all for August and September.

As if the lack of money for survival was not an enough of a problem, teachers are also having to cope with the fall out and panic over the ebola crisis, which has meant that schools were not able to re-open at the usual time in the middle of September.

This latest scandal of non-payment and under-payment of teachers is part of a pattern in . Earlier this year, teachers were starving in Benue province as they took part in an eight month for the minimum wage. Meanwhile, they are having to contend not only with poverty or indeed no salaries, but also appalling conditions with oversized classes and minimal facilities. In the North of the country they and their students are also at risk of kidnap or murder at the hands of Boko Haram.

This is not however the discourse you will hear from the World Bank and other members of the 'international community' as they weep crocodile tears over the failure to provide education for all. As their latest on Latin America makes clear it is not underfunding which is at fault but 'the poor quality of teachers.'

Strikes like those by the brave teachers of Ekiti province are scarcely reported in the Northern media - which is why it is important that teachers spread the message as far as possible that it is teachers who are in the front line of defending public education, all over the world.