Teachers New Retirement Age Takes Place On Jan. 1, Says Minister
The introduction of the 65-year retirement age and 40-year service approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday has begun, if the words of Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu are anything to go by.
The Minister, who spoke at the 2020 ministerial briefing in Abuja on Thursday, said the policies were effective as of January 1.
He, nevertheless, said that there would not be a uniform take-off date for all the other policies permitted by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2020 World Teachers Day.
He said that effective dates for other policies would be announced subsequently after the submission of the report of the National Coordinating Committee.
Prior to the approval of the new retirement age and years of service by the president, the retirement age of teachers in the country was 60 years or 35 years in service.
The gesture was as a form of reward for teachers’ dedication to duty and also to attract more people to the profession.
Adamu said that, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the prolonged ASUU strike, the ministry had set up a national working committee to hammer out modalities to ensure continuous learning for students across all schools.
He explained that the committee would work in collaboration with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to ensure the continuous learning of students.
The minister added that a grant had been obtained from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to build a National Education Cloud to warehouse educational resource materials for teachers and learners at all levels of education in the country.
”If there are further returns from donor nations in the coming weeks, candidates will be notified accordingly,” he said.
Adamu also announced that this year two federal polytechnics would be established in Borno and Benue, adding that in October the two institutions would take off.