Teachers in Nigeria to earn higher salaries than other workers -FG
The Federal Government Thursday said it is working on plans to ensure that teachers are paid salaries higher than other workers in Nigeria.
The government said increased in the salaries of teachers would help to attract the best to the professional education.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this at the inauguration of Governing Councils of 21 Federal Colleges of Education.
Adamu, who was represented by Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, said the professional education had ceased to be “all-comers affairs.”
It has warned that teachers in Nigeria across all levels must register with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) before the end of this year or risk being sent out of classrooms.
Adamu said government has under studied Malaysia and came to realizing that the country got it right by first taking a critical look at teaching and teacher education.
It is a note that Malaysia in the quest for greatness has brought down its education sector and reorganized it for effective development of human resource in order to get to where the country is today.
The minister said to start with, teachers in Malaysia were paid higher than other workers and that the federal government felt it was expedient to extrapolate that for implementation in Nigeria.
He said: “What did they do? They brought the whole system down and asked what you want us to do in education. Their planning was geared towards the development of human resources. In Malaysia, top percent of those who scored the highest in their equivalent of JAMB compete to be teachers.
“If you are a teacher in Malaysia, you are to ranked than any other worker in the country. This is why you will find people with PhDs teaching in primary schools. Teachers are paid higher than any other person in Malaysia and we have made that recommendation and we are going to do that in Nigeria, “he said.
Adamu, also lamented the dearth of quality teachers in Nigeria, saying it was unfortunate that the noble call had not been able to attract the best and the brightest because of inadequacies in the system.
He insisted that the current administration was ready to get it right with the cooperation of all stakeholders.
He added that colleges of education have remained critical institutions because they not only provide teachers on which everything else is dependent, they also provide teachers at the basic level of education.
He reminded members of the Governing Councils of the enormous task ahead of them saying their appointments, though part-time in nature, have come at a time when the country is recovering from recession and that the institutions have been without Governing Councils since 2015.
Adamu, therefore, challenged the Governing Councils to come with policy direction that would assist in the effort to strengthen the quality of teachers produced by the institutions as well as how to generate funding for their various institutions.
He urged them to avoid friction with the management of the colleges, saying there must be clear distinction between the management role of the institutions and the powers of the Governing Councils to enunciate policies and provide needed fillip for the implementation of those policies.
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