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Bill To Extend Retirement Age Of Public School Teachers Passes Second Reading

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A Bill for an Act to extend the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria and for related matters on Tuesday passed second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by Mr. Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid (PDP-Ogun) seeks to increase the retirement age of teachers in public primary and secondary schools from 60 to 65 years.

Leading the debate earlier, Abdel-Majid said that over the years, teachers had been clamouring for the extension of retirement age.

He said that due to the high rate of retirement without commensurate recruitment, a vacuum was being created.

The lawmakers said that most retired teachers still had a lot to offer and were often employed by private schools to tap into their wealth of experience.

He argued that the older the teacher, the more patient and caring s/he might likely become in attending to pupils.

Abdel-Majid said that the extension would also serve as a viable means of curbing the challenge of low manpower in public schools.

In her contribution, Ms. Betty Apiafi (PDP-Rivers) argued against the bill, saying that there was a case of generational gap.

She referred to present day school children as “generation Z”, saying they were computer literate and that 65-year-old teachers might not motivate them.

The legislator stressed the need for the country to return to the drawing board to build manpower that would drive the education sector.

Also, Mr. Muhammed Monguno (APC-Borno) said that the extension of retirement age for teachers would attract youths to the profession.

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