The Academic staff union of Polytechnics(ASUP) has said the federal government of Nigeria is destroying the polytechnics system in Nigeria.
The chairman of the union Anderson Ezeibe, stated this on Thursday while delivering a lecture organised by the union at the Ikot Osurua campus of the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, with the theme ‘Redefining The Mandate Of Polytechnic Education For Economic Diversification And Sustainability’.
He explained that the government is coming up with Unfavourable policies such as HND/BSc dichotomy, inability to enhance academic continuity for HND graduates, and the disparity between HND/BSc holders in government circles among others had helped to destroy polytechnics education in the Nigeria.
He said that the Right of polytechnic education has failed due to the inability of government to integrate polytechnic into national planning.
” Negligence of Polytechnics mandate has resulted in the high level of unemployment, poverty and poor entrepreneurship.
“Polytechnics education is not encouraged. In some polytechnics, the student population is less than 1000 while some state governors change their Polytechnics to universities instead of developing it.
“Government is demarketing polytechnic education through their policies. The law that established Polytechnic education must be reviewed to meet emerging realities in our nation’s technological development. ”
He charged all stakeholders in the education sector to work together to move the Polytechnic education into Nigeria’s Master plan.
“This will ensure that the government pays the right attention to funding polytechnics, and migrate the tertiary level of certification to Bachelor of Technology with a National Diploma retained as a feed for Bachelor of Technology.
“Reverse the infrastructure deficits, review curriculum, and address the issue of staff remuneration to retain qualified personnel as well as restore technical colleges as feed for OND programmes across the nation,” he said