The hope of some teachers in Primary and secondary schools serving till 70 years before retirement age may have been boosted with the recent consideration of a bill raising retirement age of teachers at the floor of Adamawa House of Assembly.
The bill moving the retirement age from 60 to 70 years is sponsored by Abdullahi Yapak (APC-Verre), who is also the House Standing Committee Chairman on Education.
Speaking at Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Kabiru Mijinyawa, Mr Yapak said that the bill, would among other things, restore the lost glory of public schools and encourage teachers to offer their best.
In his contribution to the debate on the bill, Sunday Peter (APC-Guyuk), lauded the sponsor, adding that such a bill aimed at restoring the glory of public schools.
Mr Peter further said that teachers’ welfare deserved full support.
According to findings, the bill also recommended 10 per cent of basic monthly salary as hazard allowance for any teacher posted outside the local government headquarters.
It also stressed the need for adequate supervision of teachers and therefore, recommended the establishment of a Community Education Committee comprising the head teacher and three community leaders in each school.
“The committee shall supervise the school and make a monthly report to the appropriate authority.
“The committee may also report to the appropriate authority any contravention of this law or any other law or rule by the teacher for disciplinary action,” the bill stated.
The bill is presently referred by the Speaker to the House Committee on Education for further fine-tuning.