Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba for the key role he played in the signing into law of the Bill that harmonised the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Under the new law, teachers in Nigeria have their retirement age increased by five years from 60 years mandatory retirement age to 65 years.
In the letter of appreciation signed by the Secretary General of NUT, Dr Mike Ike Ene, NUT assured the Minister that teachers are now more motivated to impart learning to students and act as mentors to newly recruited teachers who otherwise would not have such opportunity.
Nwajiuba as Minister of State Education oversees amongst other responsibilities, basic and secondary education.
Continuing, the NUT scribe states: “The national leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the entire teachers of Nigeria hereby express our profound gratitude to you for graciously working to encourage Mr. President’s assent to the Bill for Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria.
“We are also confident that this great milestone will have an enormous turn around in Nigeria’s education system. The impact of this well-intended act will raise the bars of primary and secondary education and the additional 5 years of mentorship by the senior and more experienced teachers on the newly employed and junior teachers in the primary and secondary schools.
Adding further, the NUT said: “The Nigerian teachers on our part will by this singular privilege be motivated to higher commitment in our professional calling.”