Proposed new retirement age for teachers already implemented says Adamu

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu has said that the new proposed retirement age of 65 years and 40 years of service for teachers, approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday have been implemented since 1st of January 2021.

The minister said this yesterday at the 2020 ministerial briefing in Abuja. He said the other  policies approved by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2020 World Teachers Day will however not have uniform take-off date.

He said implementation dates for other policies would be announced subsequently after the submission of the report of the National Coordinating Committee.

Before now, the retirement age of teachers in the country was 60 years or 35 years in service. The additional years is geared towards encouraging more Nigerians into the profession and as a reward for teachers’ dedication to duty.

Adamu said there is a national working committee in place to work out modalities to make sure there is continuous learning of students across all institutions in the face of COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged ASUU’s strike.
He explained that the committee would work in collaboration with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to ensure the continuous learning of students.

According to Adamu, grant had been secured from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to build a National Education Cloud as warehouse for educational resource materials for teachers and learners at all levels of education in the country.

He said, “If there are further returns from donor nations in the coming weeks, candidates will be notified accordingly.”

Adamu in addition to these,  said two federal polytechnics would be established in Borno and Benue this year, adding that the two institutions would take off in October.


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