Uzodinma assents to bill extending teachers’ retirement age to 65

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma Raises the Retirement Age for Teachers to 65

The retirement age for teachers before now was either 35 years of service or 60 years of age
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo, on Wednesday, assented to a bill on a new retirement age of 65 or 40 for teachers in the state workforce.

The retirement age for teachers before now was either 35 years of service or 60 years of age.

For years, the retirement age for teachers in Imo State stood at 35 years of service, or 60 years of age. This conventional practice aligned with national standards, but as societal dynamics and life expectancy patterns evolve, it has become imperative to reconsider such policies. Governor Uzodimma’s decision to extend the retirement age reflects a nuanced understanding of the changing landscape and the need to adapt policies to the current socio-economic context.

Teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the future of society by molding the minds of the next generation. By extending the retirement age, Governor Uzodimma acknowledges the experience and expertise that seasoned educators bring to the classroom. This move not only retains a pool of knowledgeable and skilled teachers but also ensures continuity and stability in the education sector.

The decision to extend the retirement age is not only a gesture of appreciation but also a strategic response to challenges in the teaching profession. Shortages of qualified teachers, especially in specialized subjects, have been a persistent issue. By allowing experienced educators to continue their service, the state aims to mitigate these shortages and maintain a high standard of education.

Speaking after signing the bill into law, Uzodinma said the new law would encourage teachers in public schools in the state.

“Having given the teachers an extra five years, they are expected to bring out their time and work harder to give Imo children the best form of teaching and learning and graduate them as the best in Nigeria,” he said.

He described the gesture as “value addition” and challenged the teachers to show more commitment and seriousness to their jobs.

Uzodinma congratulated them, adding that the “law is to encourage teachers to have a sense of work security and be more effective and efficient in their duties”.

Earlier in a remark, representing, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Chike Olemgbe, said the Executive Bill was forwarded to the House and was passed after the Third Reading on November 16.

Olemgbe expressed joy that the bill entitled, “the Bill to Domesticate and Harmonise the Retirement Age of Teachers in Imo State”, was the first bill to be passed by the 10th Assembly.

He commended the governor for showing concern for the welfare of his people.

Olemgbe said that the bill was well-thought and described its passage and signing into law as “historical”.

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