The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of new salary structure for teachers nationwide.  The Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of the NUT, Mr Adedoyin Adesina expressed delight with the development, saying it would boost teachers’ morale and ensure efficient service delivery. “This is a major change in the face of our education; the decision by Mr President would go a long way in making teachers do credibly well and effectively turn out good results. It is a welcome development because when teachers spend more years in their work they age with grace and become more experienced to give their very best,” he said.

He added that the decision would change the face of teaching in Nigeria, because teachers have in the past not been catered for by past administrations.

President Buhari had in his message to mark this year’s World Teachers’ Day in Lagos, directed the immediate review of teachers’ wages nationwide for improved service delivery in the sector. He also used the occasion to announce the increase of teachers’ retirement age from 60 years to 65 years. Represented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, Buhari ordered the Minister to facilitate the implementation of the new teachers’ salary scheme, saying that the gesture was to encourage teachers to deliver better services to their pupils and students.

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