Nigerian teachers get retirement age extension
So, Monday, October 5 was World Teachers Day and in commemoration of it, President Muhammadu Buhari made some promises to Nigerian teachers.
Below are some of them:
1. EXTENSION OF RETIREMENT AGE: The President increased the number of years of service for Nigerian teachers from 35 to 40. This means that while other civil servants would have to retire at age 65 or upon completion of 35 years in service, Nigerian teachers have the option of continuing to teach after hitting any of the compulsory returning age brackets.
2. INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL PENSION SCHEME: The President has also approved a special pension scheme for Nigerian teachers. This is to account for the extension of their retirement age which has now been raised to 40 years.
According to the President, the special pension scheme is to enable the teaching profession to retain its experienced talents.
3. INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL SALARY SCALE FOR TEACHERS: According to the President, there will be a Special Salary Scale for Teachers in Basic and Secondary Schools. This is in addition to making provisions for special allowances for teachers posted to rural areas. There would also be a special allowance for science teachers.
4. IMPROVED WELFARE: Besides the pecuniary benefits, the President also promised more efforts to improve the teachers’ welfare. These include building low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas, sponsorship to at least one refresher training per annum to benchmark best practices for improved teaching and learning. He also promised the expansion of the annual Presidential Teachers and Schools Awards to cover more categories and for the outstanding teachers.
5. REINTRODUCTION OF BURSARY FOR EDUCATION STUDENTS: President Buhari also approved the reintroduction of bursary award to education students in Universities and Colleges of Education with the assurance of automatic employment upon graduation.
“The payment of stipends to Bachelor of Education students as well as granting them automatic employment after graduation is now a government policy,” he said.