NAPST pushes for implementation of improved pay scale for private school teachers
The president of the National Association of Private School Teachers, Comrade Augustine Akhigbe, demanded that teachers in private schools in Nigeria benefit from the new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.
Akhigbe said the call had become imperative ahead of the celebration of World Teachers’ Day 2021 for the government to put in place the necessary policy measures to ensure that teachers in private schools benefit from promises of an improved salary structure, d ‘allowances and other social assistance programs.
In commemoration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a special salary structure for teachers nationwide
He also increased the number of years of service from 35 to 40.
He also pledged that there would be a special pension scheme to allow the teaching profession to retain its experienced talents as well as to extend the retirement age of teachers to 65 and the length of teachers’ years of service to 40 years.
“My administration has decided that a quality education of teachers in terms of commitment to continuing professional development must be a priority,” he said.
He said there will be a special salary scale for elementary and secondary school teachers, “including provisions for rural post allocation, science teacher allocation and special allowance.”
Other promises include building low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas, sponsoring at least one refresher training per year to compare best practices to improve teaching and learning.
“Extending the annual presidential awards for teachers and schools to cover more categories and for the most outstanding,” he said.
President Buhari had also approved the reintroduction of scholarships for education students in universities and colleges of education with the assurance of automatic employment after graduation.
“The payment of allowances to undergraduate education students as well as their automatic granting of employment after graduation is now government policy,” he said.
Speaking on the implementation of the new policy framework for teachers, Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba revealed that teachers will start taking advantage of the improved salary structure from January 2022.
He further revealed that work is also underway on other incentives promised by the president on World Teachers’ Day 2020.
He pointed out that other incentives ranged from allowances, housing, training to extended years of service from 35 to 40.
“The President has approved the improved salary structure and we will be completing it very soon. The president specifically approved its entry into force from 2022, ”he said.
NAPST President Akhigbe, speaking with Tribune Online Sunday in Abuja, praised President Buhari for approving an improved salary scale for teachers and other social assistance programs, as announced during the celebration of World Teachers’ Day in 2020.
He said it was a good development because “the growth of any nation depends on the value placed on the teaching profession.
He said that when the president’s promises are fully implemented, competent and passionate people will be drawn to teaching, noting that currently most people who have found themselves in the teaching profession resort to it as a last resort. .
He insisted that the policy measures should be implemented in public and private schools provided one has the certificate from the Teachers Registration Board of Nigeria (TRCN).
“As a certified teacher in Nigeria, this should be the minimum with which to come home to teach Nigerian children. I know school owners will talk about it; can we pay and all this is where the government must step in with innovative measures to ensure that overall private school teachers receive the improved salary.
On the federal government’s promise that the children of teachers in schools where parents teach will receive free education, he said this should also be implemented by owners of private schools since this is about a national policy.
He urged the federal government to develop a policy guide to ensure full implementation in all areas, insisting that new policy measures to improve teaching and learning do not only benefit school teachers. public.
“The children who go to school are Nigerian children and everything is for the development of the nation,” he said.
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