Richard Ginika Izuora
President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers.
He also increased their years of service from 35 years to 40 years.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu
during the occasion of the 2020 World Teacher’s Day, on Monday, October 5. made this known in Abuja.
The theme of the celebration, “Teachers: Leading in Crisis Reimagining the Future” captures the resilience of teachers; as well as school administrators globally amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buhari instructed the ministry to facilitate the implementation of the new teachers salary scheme; saying this will encourage the teachers in delivering better service. According to Buhari, teachers have the power to shape and reshape the lives of young people; while helping learners to enhance their potential.
”Only great teachers can produce excellent people and students that will make the future of our country great. A positive or negative influence of teacher on any child will have effect on that child. Therefore, the federal government is ensuring quality education to access.
”My administration has resolved that quality education of teachers in terms of engagement of continued professional development has to be given priority.
”To address these challenges, my administration has approved the following for teachers and the teaching profession. That in order to attract investment in the teaching profession; the quality of the introduction of bursary award has been restored.
“There will be a special pension scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experience talent; as well as extend teachers retirement age to 65 years and the duration of teachers years to 40 years.”
He added that his administration had also approved the building of low cost housing for teachers in rural areas, the sponsorship of teachers, prompt payment of salary and timely promotion of teachers to eliminate stagnation.
He said this would motivate and restore the lost glory of teachers and teaching in the country.