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­FG sets up committee to reinvigorate teaching profession

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Government has inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalisation and repositioning of the teaching profession in Nigeria.

The committee aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

The committee chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, was subdivided into 12 sub-committees to ensure focus on specific areas of intervention.

The inauguration, according to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, kicks start the processes to implement the new policies recently pronounced by President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at attracting the best brains into the teaching profession, encourage teachers delivery and produce quality students with the capacity to boost national development.

Some of the policies included special teacher salary scale, harmonized retirement age and teaching service years, special teacher pension scheme, creation of career path policy, enhanced entry points for teachers in civil service and provision of certain allowances.

While inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Thursday, Adamu gave assurances of the needed support for a smooth implementation of the policies.

“The conviction of President Muhammadu Buhari is that the teaching profession must be recognized as a major enabler to our stride to development. Accordingly, knowledge, dedication and competence of teachers to a large extent, should be the determining factor to the quality of graduates of our Institutions and their contributions to national development.

“The main term of reference of this committee is to come up with an implementable strategy towards the realization of all these policies approved by government.

“A memorandum would be presented at the national council on the establishment before the end of the year on the establishment related issues derived from the policy directives, he said.

He added that they were also interfacing with the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation for the reintroduction of the Bill that was passed by the 8th National Assembly which was not assented to by the President for legislative action by the 9th Assembly.

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