Ogun ASUSS Faults New Retirement Age For Teachers

Academic Staff Union of Secondary Students (ASUSS) has faulted the decision of federal government to increase the retirement age and service years of teachers in the country

Last week, federal executive council approved the new retirement age of 65 year from 60 years and service year from 35 to 40 years

A bill is to be sent to the National Assembly for consideration and approval of the policy

Ogun state chairman of ASUS, Akeem Lasisi, speaking to Rockcity FM correspondent, Busola Adegbite, warns that the new retirement age and service year will turns out to be counter-productive for teaching profession in the country

According to him, there is always low productivity for teachers above 60 years of age, because they will no longer be in classrooms, and thereby adding no value to the education system

By raising the retirement age and service year, the ASUS chairman explains that the tenure of such teachers in management cadre, will block most of the junior teachers from reaching the peak of their teaching career

The ASUS chairman also says that teachers should not be allowed to remain in service, after spending 35 years or attaining 60 years of age in service, to create jobs for thousands of prospective teachers who are roaming the streets in search of teaching jobs

Lasisi suggests that for the new retirement age and service year to be meaningful for the teaching profession, there is the need to establish the National Secondary School Commission, as well as, the clearance and prompt payment of gratuities of teachers

The ASUS chairman also calls for a conducive environment for teaching, and massive recruitment of new teachers to reduce their workload and to replace those who are retiring or resigning from teaching profession All these, according to him, will boost the morale of teachers to increase their performances

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