2020 Teachers Day: Buhari approves special salary scale for teachers
NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers while also increasing the years of service from 35 years to 40 years.
This was done to mark the 2020 World Teacher’s Day.
Buhari instructed the Ministry of Education to facilitate the implementation of the new teachers salary scheme, saying this would encourage the teachers in delivering better service.
Speaking at the World Teachers Day celebration in Abuja, Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu extoled the role of teachers, saying teachers have the power to shape and reshape the lives of young people and help learners to enhance their potentials
The theme of celebration “Teachers: Leading in Crisis Re-imagining the Future” captures the resilience of Teachers and school administrators globally amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My administration has resolved that quality education of teachers in terms of engagement of continued professional development has to be given priority”, Buhari said.
Adding that “the future of this country will be a function of quality education delivered to our children today and this depend on the quality of our teachers and the quality of our teachers depend on the motivation and their motivation depends on how happy they are doing what they are doing”.
“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”
The President said “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, News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
“And that is to create a career path policy for the teaching profession in Nigeria and gives speedy teachers to programme and ICT training.”
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajuiba identified the teaching profession as the greatest profession in the world which must be accorded adequate recognition and respect.
According to him, having a day to celebrate the teacher is just but a token gesture of recognition to the sacrificial contribution of teachers.
“Teachers deserve recognition and respect. The first step is to have qualified teachers in practice”, Nwajuiba said.
“That is why the ministry through the Teachers Registration Council is making concerted efforts to withdraw unqualified teachers from the classroom nationwide,” he added.