Teachers’ retirement age in Nigeria should be extended to 65 years – Lagos NUT

The Lagos State Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Monday called for an immediate extension of the retirement age of teachers from to 60 years to 65 years.

Mr Segun Raheem, Chairman of the Lagos NUT, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that the extension had become imperative.

He argued that the retirement age extension was necessary to retain experienced people in the profession.

On May 31, the national body of the NUT visited the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, seeking the support of the lawmakers in achieving their goal.

Teachers’ retirement age in Nigeria

Raheem noted that the rate at which experienced people were leaving the teaching profession was alarming and that retired teachers needed urgent replacement.

He argued that if the retirement age of lecturers and other professionals such as lawyers could be extended it was logical for the retirement age of teachers at the foundation level of education to be extended.

“The extension of the retirement age of teachers to 65 years and extension of years of service to 40 would reduce the dearth of experienced hands.

“Most teachers are retiring and the governments are not recruiting replacements.

“How do we expect the sector to survive without experienced hands that would mentor upcoming teachers?

“It should be noted that the primary and secondary levels are the foundation of education and should be handled right before the tertiary level.’’

The unionist pointed out that the age extension should not be made compulsory so that teachers, who wished to retire at 60 or after 35 years of service could be allowed to retire.

Source: The Nation

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