Wike Warns On New Service Age for Teachers
Rivers State Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike has cautioned on the recent pronouncement by the Federal Government on a new salary scale for teachers, stating that it would create crisis for the country’s educational system.
The Governor pointed out that it was good to give teachers special attention because of their strategic role in the society but such policy should be properly implemented.
Governor Wike who spoke during a courtesy visit by representatives of the Board of the College of Medical Sciences of the Rivers State University at Government House, Port Harcourt, stated that the clamour for a new revenue formula by States has not received any attention by the Federal Government despite the obvious need for the review.
He said, “Instead the Federal Government, is imposing a new financial burden on the States without consulting them.”
The governor warned that while it is good to give teachers a new salary scale, it is also important not to politicise such a sensitive issue.
Meanwhile, teachers have been advised on the need to await clear directive on the review of retirement age and years of service.
In a circular issued to staff of the federal Capital Territory Development Authority, Director of Human Resources Management, Muhammad Bashir said officers in the education cadre who are due for retirement should proceed accordingly pending the receipt of the circular from the Office of the Head of Service of tge Federation, adding that it is to ensure uniformity in the interpretation of the circular when eventually issued.