By Bassey Anthony,
Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational (NASU) and Associated Institutions has vowed to sustain its struggle until the federal government extends the retirement age it’s members across the country.
Recal that former President Muhammadu Buhari on October, 2020 announced a special package and approved the extension of the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 with the exclusion of the non-teaching staff.
But speaking during the quadrennial delegates Conference of the Schools and Colleges Trade Group Council in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State at weekend, the National deputy President/Chairman of Schools & Colleges, Haruna Kamara, described the federal government’s action as descriminatory.
He said: “As you must have known on October, 2020 the then president Mohammadu Buhari announced a special package for teachers and excluded non-teaching staff in public primary and post primary schools.
“Having realised that our members are qualified; some are graduates, some have master and Phds but because they are not not teaching staff they were exempted. We have written several letters to State governors on this particular issue to draw their attention on the need to reexamine the policy and we have done protest all over the country.
“The struggle to get the enabling laws reviewed and state governments to key into adopting the policy continues”
In a joint address presented at the occasion, the chairman NASU- SUBEB` branch, Akwa Ibom State, Aniefiok Simon appealed to the government of Akwa Ibom state to grant approval for new retirement age for non-teaching staff.
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He said that teachers cannot supervise themselves adding that there is need for the state government to look into the policy again.
He noted: “Teachers cannot supervise themselves. Therefore, there is great need for government to look inward in ensuring that the good intentions for the education sector is well supervised and it’s the role of non-teaching staff (especially education officers) to carry out this responsibilities.
“Government on itself cannot do it. We therefore passionately appeal and request that our government through the head of service should grant approval for the new retirement age and length of service to non-teaching staff.”(Nation)