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World Teachers’ Day: Stakeholders task govt on quick payment of retirement entitlements

AS the world mark the 2021 Teachers’ Day, the state government has been called upon to improve security in schools for the safety of teachers and learners, thereby making teaching and learning conducive, just as the state government needs to ensure quick payment of teachers’ retirement entitlements as many retired teachers are yet to access their benefits three years after leaving the service.

In a communique issued at the end of a roundtable discussion on COVID-19 and education recovery organized by Human Development Initiatives (HDI) and Actionaid Nigeria with support from Norad, as part of activities commemorating the 2021 World Teachers Day themed ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery’, the participants further said while the running cost of school principals has been increased, that of head teachers is still at N20,000 per month, and should be reviewed upward, especially for inclusive schools.

The stakeholders that included teachers, school managers, administrators, executive members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), representatives of government institutions, education and special children focused civil societies and the media stated that as part of efforts to motivate teachers, the state government needs to give some tax relief for teaching staff.

They noted that in responding to COVID-19, the state government has invested in capacity building of teachers in Information Communication Technology and infrastructure, yet student-teacher’s ratio is still high, so more classrooms should be constructed with corresponding teachers’ recruitment.

“There is need for the state government to return riverine/hard to reach community allowance for teachers deployed to these parts of the state, just as the state government needs to cancel the policy of paying for exams/confirmation of appointment by public servants, especially teachers.

“The state government should enact a law that would allow primary school teachers to be appointed permanent secretary/Headmaster-general, just like their counterparts in secondary schools.”

The participants also demanded that the policy on the conduct of SS2 promotion examination should be reverted to end of third term to avoid teachers being over stretched/burn-out as well as the negative impact on the students’ learning outcomes.

“The state government should employ more sanitation managers to promote cleanliness within the school environment .The state government should provide more buses for teachers as well as refurbish the damaged ones to promote punctuality in schools.”
The stakeholders nonetheless commended the state government for consistently paying teachers’ salary and specific allowances including teachers have been enjoying seamless conduct and implementation of promotion exercise.

The state government was also commended for instituting annual award for outstanding teachers with gift of exotic cars/ houses.

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