New retirement age and special salary scale for teachers have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President increased the number of service years for the teachers from thirty-five to forty and a retirement age of sixty to sixty-five. The special salary scale which is for basic and secondary school teachers was implemented to encourage teachers in delivering better services.
President Buhari who was represented by the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu also approved the building of low-cost houses for teachers in rural areas, sponsorship of teachers to at least one refresher training per annum, expansion of annual Presidential teachers and schools awards to cover more categories with outstanding winners to be considered for National Awards and National Productivity Order of Merit awards among others to motivate and restore the lost glory of Teachers.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nasir Idris, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, called on the Federal Government to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines for the safe reopening of schools are strictly complied with by all concerned, in order to safeguard the health and safety of the learners, teachers and the school community as a whole.
High points of the event were the presentation of prizes to best-performing teachers, in which Anambra State scored high as well as march pass by teachers.