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Tinubu to teachers: I’m aware of your challenges – there’ll be transformation

President Bola Tinubu says his
administration is committed to investing in modernising the nation’s
educational infrastructure in line with the international best practice.

NAN reports that the president
spoke during the 2023 World Teachers Day celebration which was held on Thursday
at Eagle Square in Abuja.

Represented, by Vice-President
Kashim Shettima, Tinubu said the federal government, in collaboration with
states and private school proprietors, would work towards enhancing the working
conditions of teachers.

“We are going to invest in
modernising our educational infrastructure and make sure that we are in step
with the world on the road to the future,” he said.

“With well-taught
workforces, we are not only going to build a nation that thinks but one that
lives in an interconnected world, a world where the exchange of knowledge and
ideas knows no boundaries.”

Tinubu said the government cannot
build a nation that fosters international cooperation to address global
challenges such as climate change, poverty, and healthcare without motivated
teachers.

“Of course, our dear
teachers, we are not just going to focus solely on technological advancements,
the human aspect of education is just as critical as the infrastructure,”
he said.

“I am acutely aware of the
challenges our teachers encounter, challenges that have arisen from prolonged
neglect of this noble profession.

“Our teachers grapple with
overcrowded classrooms, scarce resources, limited opportunities for
professional development, and a situation where individuals enter the teaching
profession as a last resort for employment.

“This situation must undergo
a transformation, and I am resolutely committed to effecting this change.”

In 2022, former President
Muhammadu Buhari’s administration enacted the legislation that extended the
retirement age for teachers to 65.

The act allows qualified teachers
to continue service for up to 40 years or until reaching the age of 65.

“This measure is designed to
retain the wealth of experience within our educational system and bolster the
number of educators in our schools,” Tinubu said.

“To benefit from this act,
you must possess contemporary teaching skills, including proficiency in
information technology, as we strive to equip our students for both the
challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.

“In pursuit of this goal, I
am directing the ministers of education to collaborate closely with the head of
the civil service of the federation to comprehensively revise existing
guidelines.

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