The federal government on Wednesday has annouced the approval of new retirement age for school teachers in the country.
Schools teachers retirement age has now been shifted from 60 to 65
The approval was contained in a memo released during the Federal Executive Council(FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Executive Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed were reportedly present in the FEC meeting.
Briefing the Journalists, Mallam Adamu said the approval of new retirement was to improve teaching profession so that students can improve in knowledge and understanding with experienced teachers.
In the memo, Adamu said; ”This memo that was approved for education is a giant step towards what we set out to do towards the end of last year with the approval by Mr President of some special packages for teachers.
“So, at the meeting today, the council approved that bill, which will be called Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021 to be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law. So, all the promises the President made and all the approvals that he has given me will now begin to be put into effect because this is a legal backing that is required for it.
“I want to assure teachers that this government will do to them what has never been done. This is the first biggest step.
“The intention is to attract the best brains to the teaching profession. For that, the President approved the reintroduction of bursary awards, which I told you here last year, improving teacher quality, and funding teaching practice, now from TETFUND, he approved an enhanced entry point for teachers.
“Then, he approved that there should be some special allowances that will allow teachers to be posted to places you can consider ‘hardship postings’, rural posting allowance, science teacher allowance, and of course we have Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) under us that has professionalized the profession.
“Those are the highlights which you already know. But this is the biggest stage now. We are getting legal backing for all these things.
“The essence of the bill is to seek approval so that there is legal backing for the new retirement age of 65 years for teachers and the service period being extended to 40 years for teachers. This is the main issue while all other issues are ancillary to it.” he added