The Nigeria Union of Teachers on Monday said it noted that the new professional salary structure for teachers was not included in the 2024 budget.
The union noted that while it would continue to push for implementation, it would also call for the removal of the “cap” where primary school teachers in the country are not allowed to progress beyond level 14 in the civil service.
The National President of NUT, Titus Amba, made this known during the 2024 NUT solemn assembly which held at the union secretariat in Abuja.
The restructured teachers’ professional salary structure was introduced under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari and was supposed to be implemented from January 2023.
Speaking on Monday, Amba also said that the union is seeking a constitutional amendment on the financing of primary and secondary education to combat the irregular payment of teachers' salaries in the country.
He said: “The constitutional amendment on financing primary and secondary education must be placed at the forefront of revenue allocation in the country.
“We believe that when enacted into law, it will go a long way in resolving the issue of irregular payment of teachers’ salaries across states.
“The Professional Salary Structure for Teachers that should have been implemented in 2023 was not accommodated in the budget, as such, we will continue to push for its implementation.”
Buhari, in October 2020, approved a special salary scale and new retirement age for teachers.
However, about a year later, the then Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said that teachers would start enjoying the new salary structure promised by the Buhari-led administration from January 2022.
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Speaking further on the Federal Government's decision to stop funding certain revenue generating agencies such as the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Amba said the union met with the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman and other relevant stakeholders on the issue.
“Our determination is that the matter comes to its logical resolution for the benefit of teachers in Nigeria in the near future.
“The union will, among other things, move towards removing the cap where primary school teachers cannot progress beyond grade level,” he said.
In June 2023, the Chamber of Deputies stated that the low pay of teachers encouraged them to migrate from one place to another.