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Thursday, June 1, 2017

National Assembly set to raise Teachers’ Retirement age to 65

Speaker Yakubu Dogara
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the National Assembly will increase retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years to retain more experienced hands in public schools. The Speaker spoke when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office. Dogara said the House supports an upward review of teachers’ retirement age. 

“We have done it for the tertiary institutions and the judiciary, so nothing should stop us from taking the bull by the horns. They say that wine gets better with age; it was the same consideration that motivated us to rise that of university lecturers and that of judges. So this is something we can pursue.”

The Speaker also advised the Union to channel their request for salaries of teachers to be handed over to state governments or paid from first-line charge on the federation account, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to the Constitution Review Committee for consideration.

The National President of NUT, Comrade Micheal Alogba Olukoya, appealed that the union prefers that the responsibilities of paying salaries of teachers is handed over to state governments. Additionally, the union demanded that teachers’ salaries be paid from first-line charge from the federation account through the UBEC.

“We teachers of Nigeria in primary and secondary schools do seek and demand that our retirement age be raised to 65 years to increase the teacher retention rate in our schools. This will help to check the rate at which experienced teachers are being lost in the school system, whereas younger and prospective teachers are not recruited to take their place.”

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