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NUT decry none payment of N18,000 minimum wage, demand extension of retirement age

The Plateau state wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has decried the none implementation of N18,000 minimum wage to primary school teachers in Plateau State which took effect in August 2008.

The Union in a similar vain has also demanded that the retirement age of teachers in primary and secondary schools in the country be raise from 60 to 65 years.

This demand was made through the NUT Chairman Comrade Gushing Yarlings during a mass rally on the funding and management of primary school education held in Jos, recently.

Mr. Yarlings said the full implementation of the N18,000 minimum wage will help to motivate, increase and secure for them the material enhancement that is necessary for their dignity, adding that the Union also want the balance of payment of arrears of the captured teachers payment of four months of “No Work, No Pay” salaries during Governor Jonah Jang’s administration.

He however stressed that the extension of retirement age of primary teachers was necessary considering that the retirement age of lecturers and Professors in the tertiary institutions was extended from 65 to 70 years.

In his word, “the more years primary school teachers spend on their job, the better they deliver their services to the learners, given the benefits of experience garnered over the years and the wisdom of age.”

“NUT wishes to state in clear and unambiguous terms that current constitutional arrangement under 1999 constitution for the provision and maintenance of primary education by the state government should be sustained”, he said.

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