The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for teachers in the country. He also reviewed their number of years of service from 35 years to 40 years.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Monday, 5th October 2020 by the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, who represented the President during the occasion of the 2020 World Teachers Day.
According to the President, the new approval is in recognition of the roles of teachers in nation-building and to encourage them in delivering better service.
Buhari has accordingly instructed the Minister to facilitate the implementation of the new teachers’ salary scheme.
The President said, “Government notes the emergency situation in our educational system with particular reference to the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at all levels of our educational system.
“To address these challenge and set our country on the path of industrialization where our educational system will produce the needed skills and manpower, I have approved the following:
“The reintroduction of bursary award to education students in Universities and College of Education with assurance of automatic employment upon graduation, payment of stipends to Bachelor of Education students as well as granting them automatic employment after graduation is now a government policy.
“The Tertiary Education Fund will now fund teaching practice in Universities and Colleges of Education, special salary scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools including provisions for rural posting allowance, science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance.
“Special teacher pension scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talent as well as extend teachers retirement age to 65 years and teachers service years to 40, create a career path policy for teaching profession in Nigeria and, teachers conversion programme and ICT training to mitigate the current dearth of qualified teachers in the school system.”
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