They told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Lagos that a thoroughbred educationist would understand the problems, travails and other issues bedeviling the sector.
Mr Usman Dutse, the National President, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), said the education sector should not be politicised.
Dutse appealed to the President to appoint person with the required pedigree and commitment to move the sector forward.
He also said education sector should not be toiled with or politicised because of the critical role it played in the development of a nation.
“On the issue of appointment of minister for education, people may have divergent views and opinions but up till now, no one can tell exactly who the person will be.
“Our major concern is that, let the person be competent, have the pedigree and commitment to move the sector forward.
“People have been speaking about core educationist and the rest. It is important to have competent hand to oversee the sector.
“Sometimes, we have different types of people that had led the education ministry but if you put their performance on the scale, even the core educationists are not even better than the main administrators.
“But it is quite okay sometimes to have somebody that is from the core education area, at least, he can or she is able to make some good decision.
“That is our position. We need somebody that is committed to the sector and not just politics but service to the country.
“Education is not something we should play politics with, because it is critical to the development of every society,” he said.
He urged the President to nominate the best candidate and someone who can make a difference.
The second Deputy National President, National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, also stressed the need for the appointment of core educationist for education ministry.
“We definitely advocate and admonish the President to please give us somebody who understands education, who is a core educationist.
“The person will understand the entire situation that bedeviles it and be able to address them appropriately,” he said.
Ogunbanjo also urged Buhari and state governors to reduce the period for selection of members of their cabinet from six months to six weeks in the interest
Ogunbanjo said the President surely needed time to select the best hands for the positions, but it must not be more than six weeks.