The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, yesterday disclosed to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine that the strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is still on because many stakeholders have to be involved in the process of resolving the issue.
He also made a profound statement that the striking lecturers may soon return to classroom as government and other parties involved in the dispute have moved a “big step” to meet their demands.
“For example, on the issue of Degree/HND dichotomy, government set up a committee which consulted other establishments and I believe this matter will be put to rest,” he said.
Wike, who spoke during a two-day retreat organized for governing councils of polytechnics and colleges of education in Kaduna, said the union’s demands “are not issues that could be handled by the federal government alone”.
He appealed to the lecturers to assist the government in its efforts at resolving the lingering dispute.
He asked participants at the retreat to avoid intervening in matters not included in their schedules.
Earlier, chairman, Governing Board of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Professor Lazarus Edward Ekwueme, urged rectors to device effective reconciliatory measures with the union.
Also speaking, chairman, Governing Board, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Chief Chuckwuemeka Ezeife, who was represented by Princess Ngozi Edozie, said the standard of education does not correspond with the expectations of Nigerians and urged teachers to work harder.
For Months, Nigerian Polytechnic and College of Education Students across the globe are begging and praying that the Federal Government accede to the request of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and the College Of Education Academic Staff Union,COEASU.
The blame for the prolongation of the strikes and the consequential suffering of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education students lies on the shoulders of the President Jonathan government. We urge students, parents, workers and concerned members of the public to join the two unions in their struggle to save public education.
ASUP has been on strike for about nine months cumulatively while COEASU strike has lasted for three months.
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