The Federal Executive Council approved a bill extending the retirement age for teachers in the country from 60 years to 65 years.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him the new retirement age for teachers is now 65 years or 40 years of service.
He said the Federal Executive Council also approved that bill to be known as Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2020 and sent to the National Assembly to give legal backing.
Our corespondent reports that prior to this development, the retirement age of teachers in the country was 60 years or 35 years in service.
The minister said that the government decided to increase the years as a reward for teachers dedication to duty and also to attract more people to the profession.
Adamu announced that the president also approved that there should be some special allowances, like rural posting allowance and science teachers allowance to boost teacher education in the country.