President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved a special salary scale for teachers in the county. He has also approved the extension of statutory years of service from 35 to 40 years.
This was announced by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who represented the president during the 2020 World Teachers Day celebration.
Adamu, in disclosing the news explained that the implementation of the new salary scheme is to encourage teachers to deliver better services. Held annually on 5th October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers.
This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education.
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda, WTD has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.
Buhari approves N10 billion for census — In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N10 billion for the continuation of a national census. The money will be released to the National Population Commission (NPC) for continuation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in the remaining 546 Local Government Area of the country.
Acting Chairman of NPC, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji who disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the NPC headquarters further disclosed that President Buhari also approved an additional N4.5 billon to be included in the 2021 Budget for completion of the exercise as part of the preparations for the next census.