ANCOPSS calls for domestication of new Teachers Retirement and Condition of Service in states.
By Abubakar Baba Ahmad
All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS has called on state governments to domesticate the newly approved Teachers Years and Condition of Service for improved welfare, teaching and learning across the country.
The National President of ANCOPSS Muhammad Ibn Musa made the call during the opening of the 64th Annual National Congress of the association in Bauchi.
Muhammad Ibn Musa said the domestication of the newly improved teacher’s condition of service and recruitment of more teaching and non teaching would help motivate its members and aid in the transformation of education in the country.
The ANCOPSS National President who said the non trade association which boasts of over twelve thousand members with membership of the NUT, has no check up dues, hence the need for government to contribute to its endowment fund to enable it execute projects and support vulnerable children’s education.
“I wish to join the state President in requesting for domestication of retirement age of Principals and teachers from sixty to sixty five as approved by the federal government, additional recruitment of teachers and non teaching staff such as Security, cooks, and cleaners in our schools, promotion of principals and teachers on grade level 16 and 17 as contained in draft documents as cited by the state President”, he urged.
In an opening remark, the Bauchi State President ANCOPSS Comrade Rabiu Shehu who commended the present administration for digitising the education sector and its policy of separating boys and girls in secondary schools, called for the provision of utility vehicle to the association.
“Let me play Oliver Twist by making the following requests to his excellency on behalf of Bauchi State ANCOPSS, mobility that can ease transportation difficulty and safety while going for trainings and workshops’, he appealed.
Declaring the Congress open, Governor Bala Muhammad of Bauchi State represented by the state Commissioner of Education Dr Aliyu Usman Tilde said the present administration has modernised the administration of education by being ICT compliant and adopting cashless policy in its financial transactions.
Bala Muhammad who expressed regret over the dwindling fortunes of education especially in the northeast, called on teachers to imbibe the use of ICT in their classrooms in line with international best practice.
“I am here carrying the gospel of ICT, old as we are please let is endeavour to master it as much as we can, it will help us in our work”, he advised.
The event with the theme “Emerging Administrative, Management Innovation and Techniques for handling Contemporary Challenges in Secondary School Education”, featured award presentation of ANCOPSS Medallion of Principal Emeritus of Nigeria PEN to some deserving members, match pass as well as award and gifts to Governor Bala Muhammad and some students.
The 64th National Congress had in attendance Principals from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.