The Federal Government has said its face-off with the Academic Staff Union of Universities will soon come to an end.
While describing the strike as unnecessary, the government said all but one of the issues had been resolved.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday after monitoring the Professional Qualifying Examination organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.
At the event, he said that with effect from 2021, only persons with a minimum of Second Class Upper would be engaged as teachers.
Echono said, “The President is very concerned about this protracted ASUU strike which is unnecessary. We believe there are other ways of getting things done.
“There’s a shared acceptance of so many of the issues. There’s only one issue in contention, really; the other issues have either been resolved or there have been some kind of compromise that worked out.
“We believe that reason will prevail and the overall national interest will be the guiding principle in coming to a quick resolution. I can assure you that work is going on assiduously in this.
“We have four different unions making demands and we have to balance this. We believe ASUU members are patriotic enough to know when to call it quits and what to call a compromise.”
Echono stressed that the decision to put the benchmark on teaching was aimed at having only the best brains in Nigerian classrooms as teachers, adding that as from 2021, only qualified teachers would be allowed to teach in the country.
He said, “With effect from next year, we will not admit or engage people as teachers if they don’t meet a particular threshold. We are now limiting entry to only the best.”