The Federal Government says it is working out more incentives to retain young graduate teachers in rural communities.
Beyond this, it will also initiate more collaboration with state governments with a view to training and retraining teachers in order to enhance their capacities for effective service delivery.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this at the 2019 World Teachers Day commemoration, with the theme, Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”.
According to the President, the contribution of education to the attainment of each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was extensively discussed at the just concluded United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.
The President explained that teachers are one of the most influential and powerful forces for equity, access and quality in education and that his administration places much emphasis on human capital development.
“We shall give more attention to training and retraining of teachers’ in order to enhance their capacities for effective service delivery.
“The federal government shall collaborate with state governments with a view to providing incentives to teachers, especially in rural areas with a view to encouraging young talents to the teaching profession”
Recall that World Teachers Day is celebrated annually on October 5 since 1994 to commemorate the adoption of the 1996 ILO/UNESCO recommendation regarding the status of teachers.
It sets benchmark on the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation, further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in his address hinted that the government is taking all steps necessary to implement the country’s commitment on the endorsement of Safe Schools Declaration and protection of students, teachers and schools as a whole from armed attacks.
President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Muhammed Nasir Idris called for President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the Bill for the review of the retirement age of Teachers and Education officers from 60 to 65years.