Supervising Minister of Education Nyesom Wike stated this in Abuja at a meeting with members of the Committee of Provosts of Colleges of Education.
Wike said government had not compromised the future of education, but had been making concerted efforts through funding and good policies for the development of the sector.
He said that government was faced with the challenge of politicisation of the system by people, but stressed that it was on top of the situation and willing to solve the problems in the sector.
“We are not happy that our children are not in school; we want people to know that these are problems that have accumulated over the years.
“It is, therefore, impossible to solve these problems overnight. So what we all need is sacrifice from all stakeholders to move the sector forward,’’ he said.
He noted that government had met some of the demands of the unions in the sector, including the constitution of governing councils and NEEDS Assessment Committees for the institutions.
Wike said government had agreed to pay the financial demands of the unions, but made it clear that it would do so in installments.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Dr Eziem Nwanze, said the current face-off between the government and unions of the institutions had become a source of concern to all.
He said the administrators of the institutions were often caught in the middle of the crossfire, adding that they were often accused by unions of colluding with government, while the government often assumed they were doing nothing to douse tensions.
Nwanze, therefore, appealed to the federal government, through the minister, to ensure immediate resolution of the disputes. (NAN)