STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 3 September
After the Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to increase the retirement age of teachers from 62 to 65 years which is likely to be announced on 5 September officially, the teachers in government schools showed welcomed it.
 Mr Subhash Chand, who is a teacher in Government Senior Secondary School, East Loni road, Shahdara, Delhi 93 said, “We are very happy and we welcome this move of the government whole-heartedly. It will give us more time to reform society, as we will spend more time with children.” After giving a nod on Monday, the Chief minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, is expected to formally announce it as a Teacher&’s Day gift, at an award function to mark Teacher&’s Day on Thursday, that teachers employed in government schools in the capital can now work till they turn 65.
 Mr Hari Om Prakash, teacher in a higher secondary government school, in Janakpuri said, “It is a great move of government, as we will be able to earn for more number of days. It will help us, not to put pressure on our neuron cells, during the time of inflation.”
 The approval comes months before the Assembly elections in which teachers form a sizeable number of voters. This move is expected to benefit at least 3 lakh teachers in schools run by the Delhi Government, municipal corporations and the New Delhi Municipal Council. Raising the bar on the retirement age was a long-standing demand of teachers. They will be re-employed to be able to teach till they turn 65.