The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has announced the commencement of the implementation of the new National Teaching Policy.
Adamu, represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, David Adejo, said this at a news conference to commemorate the 2022 World Teachers Day in Abuja on Monday.
“I must state here that the national implementation of the New National Teaching Policy has commenced,” he said.
He explained, “It is a holistic package that will ultimately address the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers.”
The minister, who said the implementation had commenced at the national level, called on states to also ensure the implementation of the policy.
Mr Adamu said there was a need to evaluate the indispensable role of teachers in nation-building and the importance of repositioning the profession for the attainment and sustainability of quality education.
He said that the theme stressed the importance of empowering teachers for the effective transformation of education.
“The ministry started with a call for nomination instruments to state Ministries of Education and Federal Unity Colleges nationwide for the selection of meritorious nominees.
“The champions so selected will then compete for National Best School, Best Teacher and Best School Administrator in the Public, Private and Federal Unity Colleges categories.
“I want to use this opportunity to further implore the state ministries of education to be inclusive in their nominations by ensuring that the exercise commences from the world level.
“Each Local Government is expected to forward their best to the respective state ministry of education for screening,” he said.
Also, the president, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Audu Amba, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award (PTSEA).
He said it had helped to give hope to teachers and promoted the dignity of the teaching profession.
Mr Amba, represented by Stephen Khabayi, the chairman of the FCT chapter of NUT, said the celebration sought to draw public attention to the support teachers need to fully contribute to educational transformation.