- President Buhari-led federal government has set up a committee on new teachers' salary
- The president had on Monday, October 5, approved a new salary structure for the teachers
- Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, said the FG is concerned about the welfare of teachers across the country
The federal government has inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalization and repositioning of the teaching profession towards looking at the newly approved special teachers’ salary.
Daily Trust reports that the committee was set-up on Thursday, November 19, in Abuja, by the minister of education, Adamu Adamu.
Legit.ng gathered that the committee comprises the executive secretaries of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) as well as the chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC).
According to the report, other members of the committee included the representatives of the minister of justice, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), state governments and the registrar, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Adamu explained that the assignment was a critical part of the federal government's response to the emergency situation in the education sector with a particular focus on the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance quality teaching.
He decried that Nigeria had neglected the teaching profession with all the attendant consequences “in brain drain, poor incentives to the teaching profession and poor quality graduates.”
The permanent secretary in the ministry and chairman of the committee, Sonny Echono, pledged members’ readiness to carry out the task effectively.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari approved a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers in commemoration of World Teachers Day on Monday, October 5.
It was announced by the minister of education, in a speech he read while representing the president at the celebration of the 2020 World Teachers Day.
The Nigerian leader also increased the service years for teachers from 35 to 40 years.
In a related report, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, expressed concerns on the new review of the teachers' salary.
The governor accused the federal government of imposing fresh financial burdens on states and creating a crisis for the nation’s educational system.
Wike, however, agreed that the teachers' welfare was ripe for a review going by the key roles they play in society.
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