Written by Godfrey AKON

World Teachers Day: FG to reward 774 teachers

As Nigeria joins the world to celebrate the 2020 World Teachers Day on Monday October 5, the Federal Government has disclosed that it would reward 774 outstanding teachers, one from each local government, in addition to five award categories for 24 winners.

Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja Ahead disclosed that there were a total of twenty-four awards slated for best performing teachers and schools.

Nwajiuba said President Mohammadu Buhari is expected to address teachers at the grand finale of the commemoration on Monday, October 5, 2020.

He said the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu is also expected to outline progress on reforms for pre-service teachers, registration and licensing of professional teachers, continuous development of serving teachers, provision of infrastructure, teaching facilities and welfare.

“Deserving meritorious awardees would be given prizes and certificates too. Thereafter, the star winners of the Best Teacher and Education Administrator categories would be presented for the Federal Government of Nigeria National Honours Award,” he said

The President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award was instituted by the federal government to appreciate and recognize teachers for their service delivery to the country’s school system, and is categorised as follows: Best Public School, Best Approved Private School, Best Public School Teacher, Best Approved Private School Teacher and Best Public School Administrator.

National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Dr. Nasir Idris, called for the upward review of the retirement age of teachers and education officers as well as the establishment of a Teachers' Salary Structure, TSS, and other incentives for teachers to address the peculiarities of the teaching career and to uphold the true identity and status of the profession.

He stressed the need for teachers to be provided with opportunities for regular training and continuing professional development.

 

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