Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalisation and repositioning of the teaching profession for the newly approved special teachers salary and pension scheme. The 12-man subcommittee would come up with the implementation strategy and a memorandum will be presented at the National Council Meeting before the end of the year.
Adamu, while inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Thursday, urged members to focus on specific areas of intervention as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari had on the 2020 World Teachers Day Celebration, approved incentives for teachers ranging from Special Teacher Salary Scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools, including provisions for rural posting allowances, science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance.
Others are Special Teacher Pension Scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talents as well as to extend teachers retirement age to 65 and teaching service year to 40 years, among others.
The minister said the assignment was a critical part of the Federal Government’s response to the emergency situation in the education sector with particular focus on the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance quality teaching.
He said, ”I urge you to accord it all the importance it deserves and hopefully reverse the years of neglect of our teachers and begin the process of revamping our educational system that will be responsive to the 21st century demands. The universally accepted dictum states that no system can rise above the quality of its teachers.”
“Unfortunately, our story has been that of the neglect of the teaching profession with all the attendant consequences in brain drain, poor incentives to the teaching profession and poor quality graduates. There was therefore clamour for improved general welfare and conditions of service for the teaching profession across all tiers of government.”
The Minister added that the ministry was 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.
Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, is to serve as the Chairman, other members of the committee are the Executive Secretaries of the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, representatives of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Civil Service Commission, State Governments and Registrar, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
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