A Bill for an Act to extend the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria and for related matters on Tuesday passed into law by the Senate.
The bill, which was sponsored by Honourable Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya, representing Ijebu-North/Ijebu-East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency seeks to increase the retirement age of teachers in public primary and secondary schools from 60 to 65 years.
Leading the debate earlier, Abdel-Majid said that over the years, teachers had been clamouring for the extension of retirement age.
Abdel-Majid said that the extension would also serve as a viable means of curbing the challenge of low manpower in public schools.
The report submitted by the Joint Committee set up by the House on the Bill was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers, after a public hearing on 13th of December, 2018.
Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, who presided over the session, put the report to a voice vote and it was approved unanimously. No single dissenting voice.
Leading the debate earlier, Honourable Abdel-Majid said that over the years, teachers had been clamouring for the extension of their retirement age as many of them still remain active and have more to contribute even beyond the 60 years age limit.
He maintained that the nation’s education is disadvantaged and have lost quality teachers due to early retirement of teachers without commensurate recruitment to fill their space.
The lawmakers said that most retired teachers still have a lot to offer and were often employed by private schools to tap into their wealth of experience, arguing that the older the teachers, the more patient and caring they become in attending to pupils and students’ needs, and the more likely they show empathy and understanding to their needs.
According to him, “the business of disseminating knowledge gets better with age, and the older the teachers, the more experienced they become, and their temperament also gets better in understanding the needs of the pupils and students. They also have more time to guide and mentor younger teachers along the line”
Abdel-Majid said that “the extension would also serve as a viable means of curbing the challenge of low manpower in public schools.
“The bill, when passed into law, would among other things, restore the lost glory of public schools and encourage teachers to offer their best,” he had said .
Most stakeholder in the education sector who appeared during the Public hearing including the Honourable Minister for Education who spoke on behalf of the President also expressed no objection to the proposed new teachers retirement age which also indicated that this might have an accelerated Presidential approval when transmitted to the executive.
It is therefore expected that Senate will approve after concurrence before sending same to the President for his assent.i
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