The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, has announced a significant policy change in the education sector. He revealed that the retirement age for teachers has been extended from 60 to 65 years, with the specific goal of encouraging principal officers to return to teaching after fulfilling their administrative duties.
Mamman made this announcement during a briefing to outline the activities planned for the 2023 World Teachers Day. He issued a stern warning to those affected by this policy change, emphasizing the importance of compliance and the consequences of non-compliance.
The minister stressed that it is vital for these educators to return to the classroom to maintain the quality of education and serve as role models for their colleagues and students. He expressed his belief that going back to teaching at their age should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, focusing on mentoring the younger generation.
Mamman underlined the government’s determination to enforce this policy, stating that teachers who refuse to return to the classroom will face consequences. He asserted that teaching is where their careers began and where they earned their livelihood, making it imperative for them to embrace this change.
The minister also highlighted the theme of the year, “The teachers we need for the Education we want: The global imperative to reverse teacher shortage,” which underscores the significant challenge of addressing teacher shortages in the education system.