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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for teachers across the country.

The approval coincided with commemoration of the World Teachers Day on October 5.

He also increased the number of years of service from 35 to 40.

Buhari stated these in Abuja on Monday during celebration of the 2020 World Teachers Day.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who represented Buhari, said the new salary scheme is to motivate teachers for greater productivity and effectiveness.

In a statement to mark the World Teachers Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has called for deliberate efforts to address the challenges faced by teachers across the world.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads and, now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic,” the statement read.

“The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated.

“The discussions surrounding WTD will also address the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.”.

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