A bill seeking for the extension of the retirement age of basic and secondary schools’ teachers from 60 to 65 years has been presented to the National Assembly, with Minister of Education Adamu Adamu in support of this bill. However when the news broke, it threw the stakeholders into a division with some welcoming the proposal premised on a number of grounds and others kicking against it.
Edo State Secretary of the Nigeria Union Teachers (NUT), Moni Modesty-Itua, said the advantages of extending the retirement age for teachers far outweigh the disadvantages in the sense that it would give room for experienced teachers to control students, adding that at present, skilled teachers have become veritable tools for private schools after retirement where they continue to impart quality education.
He said, “As you know, government has not been employing teachers across the country leading to shortage of teachers. So, with the new retirement age, there will be qualified teachers who will handle teaching in matured ways.” He said the bill has potential to improve the standard of educationin the country.
Also speaking, a basic education teacher, Joe Ileogben, concurred that reforming retirement age was a good development. He said, “There is shortage of teachers in our schools and the older teachers have garnered experience; are very active and can also deliver quality education.” He said knowledgeable teachers would further help the authorities in the area of policy formulation.