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WTD 2022: Teachers demand implementation of welfare package

Nigeria today joins the global community to celebrate world teachers day which started in 1994 to commemorate the 5th October 1966 adoption of the UNESCO/ILO recommendation on the need to continually refresh the consciousness of National Governments towards the inestimable value of teachers, their indispensable role in nation building and the importance of repositioning the profession for the attainment and sustainability quality education.

The popularly saying that teachers’ rewards are in heaven is gradually becoming a thing of the past in Nigeria.

This is based on the gradual implementation of the welfare package approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for teachers in the country during the world teacher’s day celebration two years ago.

Some of the welfare packages include the new Teacher’s Salary Structure (TSS), and the Payment of Bursary award to education students in colleges of education and Universities.

The Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Education Mr David Adejo said the implementation of the New National Teaching Policy is a holistic package that ultimately addresses the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers.

‘’I must state here that the national implementation of the New National Teaching Policy has commenced. It is a holistic package that will ultimately address the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers’

‘’The theme for the year 2022 WTD which is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers” strongly stresses the importance of empowering teachers for the effective transformation of education to ensure quality teaching and learning as well as galvanise technological advancements to meet the ever-changing needs for national growth and development,’’ Adejo stated

The National Deputy President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT Comrade Kelvin Nwankwo said while the union remain grateful to President Buhari for the teacher’s package, the implementation has not commenced.

According to Comrade Nwankwo ‘’NUT remains grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari, for signing into law the “Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill” which provides for retirement of teachers on attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service, and look forward to the implementation of the new retirement age and other approvals announced by the Federal Government at the 2020 edition of the World Teachers Day celebration’’

The Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN Prof Josiah Ajiboye said as a regulatory body they are working assiduously to raise the teaching profession to a high pedestal

Professor Ajiboye explained that considering the fact that the future of any society lies in the hands of its children, it is important that teachers who mold the lives of children preparing them for a greater future get the necessary support from all stakeholders in order to achieve the goals of effective and qualitative education.

 He stressed that Teachers as role models to children need every support in various areas (psychological support, mental wellness, job security, remuneration, technological support, etc) in order to successfully carry out their numerous roles in the lives of children.

Writing by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Tina Oyinsan