The Federal Executive Council has, on Wednesday, approved the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers Bill, 2021.
Among other recommendations, the bill seeks to change the retirement age of teachers in the country from 60 to 65, while also seeking to change the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40.
The approval was given at a meeting of the council presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adamu Adamu, Nigeria’s Minister of Education, briefed State House correspondents of the meeting’s outcome.
The Federal Government, following the approval, is set to send the bill to the National Assembly.
Other highlights of the bill include the introduction of bursary awards, special rural posting allowances, and other measures to attract the best brains to the profession.
Last year, President Buhari approved a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers as well as increased years of service from 35 to 40.
This came as teachers, for a long time, agitated for an increase in their retirement age, welfare, and salaries.
Buhari instructed the ministry to facilitate the implementation of the new salary scheme, saying it would encourage teachers to deliver better service.
According to him, teachers have the power to shape and reshape the lives of young people and enhance their potential.
Buhari was quoted to have said:
Only great teachers can produce excellent people and students that will make the future of our country great. A positive or negative influence of a teacher on any child will have an effect on that child. Therefore, the Federal Government is ensuring quality education.