By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will provide vibrant policies that will provide allowances and initiate annual retention benefits for teachers, to attract them to rural communities.
He also said the federal government would collaborate with State goverments with a view to providing incentives to teachers especially in the rural areas, thereby encouraging young talents to the teaching Profession.
“It has been stated that teachers are one of the most influential forces for equity, access and quality in education, this administration places much emphasis on Human capital Development ,we shall give more attention to training and retraining of teachers inorder to enhance their capacities for effective service delivery,” he said.
The President said the theme for this Year’s celebration, “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession” is apt as it focuses attention on the continuous role of the teacher in impacting knowledge for human capital Development.
“It also highlights the need for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the teaching Profession,” President Buhari stated.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu hinted that the government is taking all steps necessary to implement the country’s commitment on the endorsement of Safe Schools Declaration and protection of students, teachers and schools as a whole from armed attacks.
“Over the years , educational institutions have become targets ranging from kidnappings ,killings ,arson,vandalism and hooliganism , we are taking financial ,political, and pragmatic steps to implement the committments made through the endorsement for the protection of students ,teachers and schools from armed attack and military use, “Adams said.
“We are focusing on overhauling of schools and committing ourselves to educating every child well and using education as a model of economic development for others to emulate,” he explained.
He applauds the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria in the pursuit of Teachers’ professionalism through registration and licensing of teachers in a bid to strengthening teacher’s quality.
Development of Teachers
Adamu also said that the implementation of the Ministerial Strategic Plan for the development of the Nigerian education sector is on course, with credible progress being made.
The Minister said the theme of this year’s World Teacher’s day is aimed at addressing fundamental issues that are necessary for the development of teachers and education generally in Nigeria.
The President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Muhammed Nasir Idris called for President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the Bill for the review of the retirement age of Teachers and Education officers from 60 to 65years.
“The demand for upward review of the retirement age of Teachers is age long,we look forward with great expectations that the President will not hesitate to sign it into law ,as an extension of the good gesture of the Federal government to teachers of primary and secondary schools as it was done to their colleagues at the Tertiary level in the past.”
Special salary structure
Idris called for special salary structure for teachers saying this would address the peculiarities of the teaching profession and give the Profession it’s true identity and status.
“We hereby make submission that the proposal for a uniform Teachers Salary Structure TSS, for all professional teachers in the country be given due attention and consideration,” he said.
The NUT President commended President Buhari for revisiting the act establishing the National Secondary Education Commission NSEC, which was enacted in 1999.
“It is our hope that the NSEC would this time around be made fully operational for effective management of secondary education in the country,” he said.
He called on the goverment of concerned States on handover of schools to rescind their decision and be alive to their fundamental responsibility of safeguarding the right of every child to education and redouble their efforts in the provision of quality public education for the benefit of the underprivileged.
Meanwhile, the 2019 President’s Teachers’ and Schools Excellence Award
For the Public category was won by Elusakin Agnes Iyabo, as the Best teacher (public category) and she got Hyundai Sonata as a gift.
Onwuadi Ifeoma, won Best School Administrator, with Hyundai Elentra , Adebiyi Abiola Temitayo, best teacher (private category) Hyundai Accent
Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School, won the Best School (public category) 18 seater bus donated by JAMB
Pearlville School, Avu Owerri, won best school (private category) won Foton 15 seater bus.
The President was represented the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami while the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba.
Also present at the event was Chairman House Committee on Education, Aminu Suleiman.