In order to allow further improvement in the standard education in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the proposal to raise the retirement age for teachers from 60 years to 65 years.

Minister for Education Mallam Adamu Adamu disclosed this at a public hearing on the need to insulate teachers from the retirement age for public servants organized by the House of Committee on Basic Education and Public Service on Thursday, December 12, 2018.

Speaking with News Men, Adamu said the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) had submitted the new retirement age proposal to the ministry and the National Assembly for Approval.

He further explains that the drive was based on the need for better performance by teachers and the desire to have quality teachers in the nation’s schools.

Adamu said; “Nigerian teachers to some extent require a reasonable retirement age like their counterparts in India, Canada, Belgium that have increased the retirement age for teachers to 65 years.

“We are appealing to the House to approve the bill because the ministry is in support of increasing the retirement age of teachers,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman House Committee on Basic Education, Rep Zakari Mohammed, said that the bill was being considered for passage.

He says the bill seeks to absolve teachers from the public service rule which sets the retirement age for government workers at 60 and set for them a new retirement age of 65.

Teachers are the bedrock of any nation and as such their wealth of experience must be tapped to enhance the well-being of society.

“How long should we tap that knowledge legitimately in the school system is the question we expect to answer today?” Mohammed added.

Mohammed said apart from the bill to extend the retirement age for teachers, House also was considering to amend the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria Act to strengthen its regulatory powers to promote professionalism and eradicate quacks.

Stakeholders present at the hearing to support the passage of the bills were the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Nigerian Teachers Institute (NTI) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

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