Enugu teachers seek 65 years retirement age

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By Stanley Nwanosike

Enugu – The Association of Primary Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Enugu state Wing, has called for the  extension  of teachers  retirement age in the state from 60 years  65 years.
The association’s Chairman, Mr Chilotanwa Okoli, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday that the state government should also review the teachers service duration 40 years.
According him, the teachers service duration and retirement age should be at par with lecturers in the universities.
He said: “We all know that the experiences and competencies of teachers increase with years of service and age.
“Therefore, increase in the number of years will be of immense benefit our   children.’’
Okoli also called for the elevation of the position of Principal or Head Teachers General (HTG) in the state  Grade Level 17.
He contended that some states had started promoting their teachers the highest grade level, saying that Enugu state should follow suit.
He requested for the appointment of more teachers as special assistants, personal assistants, executive assistants and permanent secretaries in the state.
“This will evidently avail the state government the opportunity tap from their rich experiences of our teachers,’’ he said.
The association’s chairman commended the government for paying 13th month of basic salaries civil servants in the state in 2017 and 2018.
“On behalf of head teachers, I hereby plead that this magnanimity be extended to the teachers in the primary school.
“There is no doubt that the gesture will boost their morale and increase their productivity,’’ Okoli said.