Teachers will benefit from a new salary structure from Jan -FG

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the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiubasays teachers will start benefiting from the new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari from January 2022.

Nwajiuba made the revelation Thursday in Abuja at a symposium organized by the Ministry of Education.

The symposium is among the activities marking the upcoming World Teachers’ Day 2021 with the theme “Teachers at the heart of reviving education”.

The minister, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Sonny Echono, noted that work was being concluded on the improved salary structure.

He further disclosed that work is also underway on other incentives promised by the President on World Teachers’ Day 2020.

He pointed out that other incentives ranged from stipends, housing, training to extending the year of service from 35 to 40 years.

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“The president has approved the improved salary structure and we will complete it very soon.

“The president has expressly approved that it take effect from 2022.

“We are doing everything to complete it so that by January 2022, teachers will receive the remuneration they deserve.

“We are accelerating the implementation process to see that by the end of the year we will be able to tell Mr. President that all the incentives he has approved are ready to be implemented,” did he declare.

He added: “The President has taken the lead in endorsing a far-reaching and revitalizing agenda for the teaching profession in this country and there are many gentle inducements to that.

“All it takes is for other downstream actors, like state governors, the National Assembly and others, to get involved in this initiative and make sure the implementation goes through. runs smoothly.

“For example, we’re tired of hearing how long teachers have to pay salaries in the states.

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“It’s criminal. So with the new initiative, we have an incentive to attract the best minds and retain them in the teaching profession.

“All welfare issues including housing, training and retraining, improved pay, allowances are taken care of,” he said.

He commended Nigerian teachers for the sacrifice despite the many challenges faced in carrying out their duties.

He urged them to readjust to adapt to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic by being more tech savvy.

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Professor Josiah Ajiboye, guest speaker at the event, said the COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly changed the global education system, with African countries being the most affected.

Ajiboye, who is the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Teacher Registration Council (TRCN), said all countries in the world were affected by the pandemic.

He said, however, that while some continents have been able to adapt quickly to the new normal, African countries including Nigeria have struggled to adapt to basic technology learning.

He said: “Our problem in Africa was compounded because only a third had access to internet facilities.

“In Nigeria, about 62% of the population has access to the internet.

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“Unfortunately, about 97% of the number are in urban areas, creating a huge digital divide between urban and rural areas.

“We know the government has tried to help bridge the gap by engaging the media, especially radio for those living in rural areas, but it hasn’t done much.”

He said the new normal of using information and communication technology (ICT) for teaching and learning had come to stay and Nigerian teachers could not afford to be left behind. account.

He encouraged teachers to undergo ICT training in order to be relevant in the 21st century, adding that the role of the teacher gravitated more towards that of a facilitator.

Ajiboye assured that the TRCN would continue to play its part in developing a career path for Nigerian teachers, among others. (NOPE)

William M. Mayer