Federal Government Plans to Employ First Class Graduates as Teachers

The Federal Government has said that only teachers with First Class or Second Class Upper (2.1) as a minimum requirement will be employed, as part of efforts to improve the educational system in the country and to forge a new career path policy for Nigerian teachers.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, disclosed this, during the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) organized by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) on Saturday.

Mr. Echono hinted that the Federal Government will set up an implementation committee for the policy, which would see standard requirements for teachers’ employment be as high as a First Class.

He said: “We are planning to lead entry for those with First Class or Second Class Upper as a minimum, as we are serious about implementing the policy.

“Whether you are in the private sector, government, community, or faith-based school, we will enforce this policy to the fullest.

“The first thing that is going to happen is that TRCN and NTI are compiling a database of qualified teachers.

“That is, those that have been certified and those who have taken this examination who are unemployed,” Mr. Echono said.

He revealed that the FG is working on a special salary for teachers, and also a remuneration package for teachers in certain disciplines.

“We are arranging an enhanced remuneration package for such teachers, those teaching sciences, and peculiar allowances for teachers taking students with special needs.

“We are currently working on a special teachers’ salary scale.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved a special salary scale for teachers in Nigeria and reviewing upward their retirement age to 65 years.



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