The Lagos State Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Monday called for an immediate extension of the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years.
Mr Segun Raheem, Chairman of the Lagos NUT, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that the extension had become imperative.
He argued that the retirement age extension was necessary to retain experienced people in the profession.
Raheem noted that the rate at which experienced people were leaving the teaching profession was alarming and that retired teachers needed urgent replacement.
He argued that if the retirement age of lecturers and other professionals such as lawyers could be extended it was logical for the retirement age of teachers at the foundation level of education to be extended.