The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the Federal Government to upgrade the retirement age of primary and post-primary teachers to 70 years just as was done for professors in universities recently.
President of the union Michael Olukoya, who made the appeal at the 81st Founders Day Celebration held in Abuja yesterday, said the primary and secondary education sub sector is also losing some of their best teachers to early retirement.
Olukoya also appealed for the condition of service of teachers be nationalized as with other professionals to attract the best brains to the profession.
“The condition of service of primary school teachers should be such that allows university graduates in the system to rise to the level of their counterparts in all other services,” he said.
Reacting, Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, said government was determined to improve the quality of teachers in order to address the problem of students’ underperformance in certificate examinations.