The Honourable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, along side the Minister Of Education For State, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba,inaugurated the National Implementation Committee on the revitalisation and repositioning of the teaching profession in Nigeria.
Inaugurating the Committee, the Minister said the committee is to come up with an implementable strategy towards the realisation of all policies approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on resuscitating teaching profession in the country.
Adamu stated that the national implementation committee has been sub divided into 12 sub committees to focus on specific areas on intervention.
He pledged that the Federal Ministry of Education is committed to providing support towards smooth implementation of the policies.
According to him, “we shall be presenting a memorandum at the next National Council on Establishment on related issues derived from the policy directives, we are also interfacing with the office of the Attorney General of the federation for the re-introduction of the bill that was passed by the 8thNational Assembly, which was not assented to by the President for legislative action by the 9th assembly”
The committee is to provide modalities on enhanced entry point for teachers in the civil service by restricting entry into the teaching profession only to highly gifted and academically outstanding students /scholars.
To work on Special Teacher salary scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools, provisions for rural posting allowances , science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance.
The committee is to work on harmonised retirement age and teaching service years for teachers in Nigeria.
“special teachers pension scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talents as well as extend teachers retirement age to 65years and teaching service years to 40years”
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, who doubles as the chairman of the committee pledged their readiness to work assiduously to ensure all strategies are presented in due course.
“We will adopt the principle of implementing the policies in phases” He added.