BY: KOLADE TIMILEHIN.
The National President of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Mr Amaji Samuel, on Thursday implored people to support the move by the National Assembly to elongate the retirement age from 60 to 65 years for both primary and secondary school teachers in the country.
He commended the Deputy chairman, house committee on land transport, Hon. Segun Adekoya, for supporting the bill. Samuel believes that the decision to extend the retirement age for both primary and secondary school teachers is long overdue.
Mr Amaji said,” we are happy to let the world know about the elongation of the retirement age for both primary and secondary school teachers in Nigeria. The bill has passed through,not only the first reading but also the second.Recently we went for the public hearing and it seemed to be everyone’s bill because all those who spoke felt that we have been cheated for too long”.
He also said,” we the ASUSS support the elongation of service age for primary and secondary school teachers from 60 to 65 years and we want other Nigerians to consider the bill apt and give their support to it. From available records, retirement age of teachers in most countries of the world, including Africa is between 65 to 70, so Nigeria should not be different”.
The Union president believes that the elongation of retirement age, when signed into law would have a substantial contribution on the development of teaching and learning in basic education, as well as greatly change the opinion people have about teachers in the country.
Mr Amaji Samuel said,” some teachers that joined the service at the age of 20 will retire by 55 going by the civil service rule, which states that every civil servant must retire after spending 35 years in services.
The Union president stressed that, it is good for teachers to stay longer in service to regulate the massive influx of people from teaching, especially at the secondary level.
The national president also canvassed for the establishment of secondary education commission to help address the infrastructural development of secondary education, as he observed that there are some advantages which come from outside the country to established commission which could be used in the development of education.