Extend Teachers’ Retirement Age To 70, NUT Chair Tells Govt


The
chairman,Kwara state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT),
Comrade Musa Abubakar has called for the extension of retirement age of
teachers to 70 years like it was done for professors in the Nigerian
universities.
Abubakar made the call in Ilorin yesterday while
addressing teachers during the occasion of this year’s world teachers
day held at the Teachers House, Ilorin.
He said, “the demand
becomes imperative in view of the fact that, teachers suffer the same
fate all over the world, irrespective of their operations.

“Justice demands that teachers should be bound by common destiny.
“The
extension of retirement age of professors in the tertiary institutions
to 70 years be extended to teacher who constitute the foundation of
education i.e primary and secondary education”.
‎Abubakar who
decried the state of education in the country said that,”teachers’
profession that should gather the best brain of nation to mould the
character of our future leaders is seen as a stepping stone for greener
pasture”.
The chairman also decried the non payment of teachers’ salary in the country as at when due.
According
to him,”as I speak, teachers in Kwara are owed five months salary and
56 per cent(i.e 15 per cent January, 25 per cent June, 8 per cent August
and 8 per cent September) and this is no doubt‎, has affected the
quality of education in our public schools as the working condition of
the teacher is the learning condition of the child”.
‎While
calling the federal government to take over the funding of primary
education,  Abubakar said that,”finance of the local government is over
stressed and cannot cope with the funding of primary schools”.

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