The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday accepted the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers Bill, 2021.
The bill, among other recommendations, seeks to change the retirement age of teachers in the country from 60 to 65.
It also seeks to change the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40.
The approval given at a meeting of the council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, briefed State House correspondents of the meeting’s outcome.
With the approval, the Federal Government is set to send the bill to the National Assembly.
Other highlights of the bill, according to the minister, include the introduction of bursary award, special rural posting allowances and other measures to attract the best brains to the profession.
Adamu said, “This memo that was approved for education is a giant step towards what we set out to do towards the end of last year with the approval by Mr President of some special packages for teachers.
“So, at the meeting today (Wednesday), the council approved that the bill which would be called Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021would be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law.”