The House of Representatives Committee on University Education, led by Chairman Abubakar Fulata, has advocated for salary increases for teachers at all levels: primary, secondary, and university.
Fulata made this known during a One-Day National Stakeholders’ Workshop on the Development of a Roadmap for the Nigerian Education Sector (2023-2027) in Abuja, on Thursday.
He proposed monthly salaries of N250,000 for primary teachers, N500,000 for secondary teachers, and N1 million for university teachers.
He emphasized the importance of adequately compensating Nigerian educators to boost the education system. He also highlighted the need to translate subject textbooks into local languages to align with global practices.
Fulata expressed concern about past educational reform efforts not yielding the desired outcomes, emphasizing the importance of using local languages as the medium of instruction.
He called for a declaration of a state of emergency in education, advocating for a significant allocation of the national budget (25% to 30%) to support education and ensure that no teacher earns less than N250,000 in a month for primary, N500,000 for secondary, and N1 million for university educators.
“It is a thing of concern that for decades, several efforts on policies made by successive governments to resuscitate and improve the education sector and those efforts have continued to create very little progress,” Fulata said.
“All over the world, the subject of the language of instruction has always been the local language of those countries. If you go to the UK, education is taught in English. If you go to France, education from the basic level up to the tertiary level is taught in French.
“It is in Nigeria that you teach the language of instruction in English. Our problem has always been that we are teaching our children subjects they ought to have been taught in their local language.
“All Mathematical, Physics, Chemistry textbooks and what have you should be in our local languages. There is no way we can catch up with the world if we continue teaching our children in a foreign language.
“No primary school teacher should earn less than N250,000 in a month, no secondary school teacher should earn less than N500,000 and no university teacher should earn less than N1 million in a month.
“The nation must declare a state of emergency in education. We must commit at least 25 per cent to 30 per cent of our national budget to education. It is high time we pay them adequately so that they can teach our children.”