Federal Ministry of Education said it is proposing a package of incentives to upgrade the status of teachers, and attract the right persons into the profession.
Education minister of state, Professor Anthony Anwukah, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said he has prepared a memo to be sent to the Federal Executive Council, for the upgrading of the quality of teaching in schools.
The proposal, according to the minister, include a special salary structure, that will separate the salaries of teachers from the normal salary grade level strata, in the civil service.
The minister is hopeful that the proposed package of incentives, will attract qualified people and retain quality teachers in the profession.
He said, “I am proposing a memo to the government. We have to look again at teacher quality and training in Nigeria and to get the right people into (the) teaching profession.
“We have to give a particular unique status to teachers in this country. Remove them from the normal grade level strata. You employ a teacher on grade level 8, you employ an agric attendant on grade level 8, there is nothing special for teachers.
“I am making a proposal that the teachers will have some attraction that will make quality people get into teaching.
“If you want to get quality teachers in this country we must accelerate teachers every point for instance to be at grade 9 while others come into grade 8. So that there will be an attraction for special talents to go into the teaching profession to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our school system.
“We must have to rethink teacher training, teacher quality in this country. Quality persons must be attracted into the teaching profession. We must have to provide incentives for teachers so that it we attract quality people into the teaching profession.
He said the debate generated over his health condition in the media was unnecessary, adding that he was not treated for prostate cancer as was reported.
“I have no prostate cancer,” the minister said.