The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed that efforts are underway to increase the retirement age of government paid teachers from 60 to 65 years.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the government has submitted the policy to the National Assembly who are yet to put in law.
“So, I think it is also important to reward teachers; the Federal Government, on its part, has been doing a bit of work in trying to improve a lot of teachers.
For example, there is a policy now, though not a law yet; it is still in the National Assembly about moving the retirement age of teachers in the public service from 60 to 65.
That’s an additional five years; then also looking at their remuneration.” Osinbajo stated.
The vice president also disclosed that there were also moves to employ teachers into the public service starting from level 8 as against level 7.
“I think one of the questions that have arisen is when the teacher comes into the public service; in the past, they used to come in at Level 7, which is not the level that a graduate would come in.
“Part of the policy is that they should come in at Level 8; but of course, this has to go through various processes and all that.’’ He stated.
Osinbajo then stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had shown tremendous concern about teachers and how to improve a lot of teachers.
Adding states had a role to play as issues of primary and secondary education were essentially the function of states.