The federal government has disclosed that it has already commenced the implementation of new retirement age for school teachers in the country.
OAU VOICES had reported how the federal government through the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu announced the increment of retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65years during Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
Adamu who confirmed the development revealed the implementation has taken effect from January 1st.
He noted that though all other policies approved by President Muhammadu Buhari does not have a uniform take-off date.
Adamu disclosed that effective dates for other policies approved by the federal government would be announced subsequently after the submission of the report of the National Coordinating Committee.
The minister also revealed that National working committee has been set up to ensure continuous and proper lecturing, teachings and learning in all tertiary institutions amidst second wave of COVID-19.
The minister added that a grant had been obtained from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to build a National Education Cloud to warehouse educational resource materials for teachers and learners at all levels of education in the country.
“Upon the inauguration of this facility, hopefully in the next six months, time and space will no longer be a hindrance to learning.
“All universities must prepare their workforce to operate under this environment,” he said.
On the government’s determination to increase access to tertiary education, he said the education ministry had continued to allocate resources for scholarship awards to students both in the country and in abroad.
”I must commend our donor partners for keeping faith with their promises in this regard.
“Especially, Morocco, the Russian Federation, Hungary, China, some Commonwealth countries, Romania and Egypt who have awarded a number of scholarships to Nigerian students to study in their countries.
“For 2020, a breakdown of the returns do fare are as follows: Morocco-100slots, Russia-97 slots, Hungary-50 slots, China-47 slots Romania 10 slots and Egypt -5 slots.
”If there are further returns from donor nations in the coming weeks, candidates will be notified accordingly,” he said.
He also added that there would be establishment of two government-owned polytechnics in Benue and Borno state in this year.