The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Thursday inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalization and repositioning of the teaching profession towards looking at the newly approved special teachers’ salary.
The committee comprises the Executive Secretaries of the National Universities Commission and National Commission for Colleges of Education as well as the chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.
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Others are representatives of the Minister of Justice, Federal Civil Service Commission, State Governments and Registrar, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari had at the 2020 World Teachers Day Celebration approved a special salary scale for teachers in basic and secondary school.
Adamu explained that said that the assignment was a critical part of the Federal Government response to the emergency situation in the education sector with particular focus on the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance quality teaching.
He decried that Nigeria had neglected the teaching profession with all the attendant consequences “in brain drain, poor incentives to the teaching profession and poor quality graduates.”
The permanent secretary in the ministry and chairman of the committee, Sonny Echono, pledged members’ readiness to carry out the task effectively.