Rep Proposes N250,000, N.5 Million, and N1 Million Salaries for Primary, Secondary, and University Teachers

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In a significant development aimed at revolutionizing the education sector in Nigeria, the Chairman of the House Committee on University Education, Abubakar Fulata, has put forth a groundbreaking proposal that could potentially transform the nation’s educational landscape. Revealed during a one-day National Stakeholders Workshop on the Development of a Roadmap for the Nigerian Education Sector (2023-2027), organized by the Federal Ministry of Education, this proposal has generated considerable interest and discussions throughout the country.

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Fulata’s proposal is nothing short of a bold leap in the pursuit of quality education. It outlines substantial salary increases for teachers at different educational levels, with the goal of improving the overall quality of education in Nigeria. According to this proposition, no primary school teacher should earn less than N250,000, while secondary school teachers are slated to receive a minimum monthly salary of N.5 million. University lecturers, who play a vital role in shaping the nation’s future leaders, would see their salaries increased to an impressive N1 million.

Fulata’s reasoning is crystal clear: quality education demands well-compensated educators. “If you want quality education, you must pay them to teach your children very well. Teachers must also be encouraged, as it is obtained in other climes,” he emphasized.

The proposed salary adjustments are not the only focus of the ongoing discourse surrounding Nigeria’s education system. The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has expressed concern about the disconnect between the nation’s education, society, and economy. He lamented that, despite having promising education policies in place, the current system has not significantly contributed to societal and economic growth.

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Mamman underscored the urgent need to bridge this gap by aligning education with the nation’s societal and economic needs. The workshop he presided over aimed to develop a comprehensive roadmap for the Nigerian education sector, potentially marking the beginning of a new era in the nation’s educational development.

He stated, “Our education system is not connected to our society or our economy. We cannot say for certain that we are key contributors either locally or globally to the ideas which push societies forward.”

This disconnect between education and the real world has resulted in a high number of unemployed graduates, as the quality of education they receive does not align with industry requirements. As a result, industries have raised concerns about the employability of graduates produced by educational institutions.

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The Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko, has also emphasized the urgent need for stakeholders to collaborate and make significant contributions to prepare the youth for the future and the nation’s development. He pointed out that the recognition of the importance of education has yet to translate into tangible results that demonstrate the value of education in practical life.

As Nigeria contemplates a significant transformation in its education sector, these proposed changes could represent a crucial turning point. The coming months will reveal how these proposals will be implemented and whether they will lead to the long-awaited revolution in Nigeria’s education system.

Source: Vanguard News

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