Says primary and secondary school teachers should be allowed to retire at 65

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), on Thursday in Abuja, requested that an extra five years to be added to the retirement age of primary and secondary school teachers. 

The national president of the union, Michael Olukoya, made the request when he visited the office of the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa?I. 

?When the retirement age of university lecturers was 65, that of basic teachers was 60, now that it is 70, we demand that that of primary and secondary school teachers be equally raised by five years to 65,? Olukoya said. 

He said the appeal was because the experience a teacher gets while tutoring depends on the length of time he spends teaching, thus the better service he conveys to his students.
Olukoya said that the visit to the Minister?s office was mainly directed at listing some issues of the union, deliberating and trying to resolve them.

The Union president added that teachers were professionals and consequently should be allowed access to their professional body, so teachers in unity schools should belong to the NUT.

Olukoya also raised the issue of the underpayment of teachers that took part in the 2011 MDG training programme, saying that the National Teachers Institute paid N2,500 instead of N14,000 each.

He mentioned some states that had not paid the 27.5 per cent teachers peculiar allowance, and appealed to the minister to call such states to order before the end of 2012.

Responding, Rufa?I promised that the ministry would look into the issue of allowance for teachers and ensure prompt payment.

She said the Minister of State for Education, Nyesome Wike, had started the process of formalising the 1,500 casual teachers across the country and guaranteed the union of the ministry?s obligation to the welfare of teachers.

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