Upgrade polytechnics to universities of technology, ASUP urges Nigerian govt

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Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade all polytechnics to universities of technology to end discrimination against technological education in the country.

Adeyemi Aromolaran, Yaba College of Technology branch chairman of ASUP, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

The ASUP chairman said that government’s discriminatory policies against polytechnics were retarding the development of technical education in the country.

“We need to look at the British example of running educational programmes, because that is where Nigeria copied the polytechnic education system from.

“Britain had abolished polytechnics long time ago; all polytechnics have been turned to universities of technology in that country,’’ Mr. Aromolaran said.

He noted that admission figures into the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of education were dropping every year due to unfavourable government policies.

“As long as we continue with the system we are running, discrimination will persist and consequently admission into polytechnics will continue to dwindle.

“This is part of what the union has been agitating against,’’ he said.

The ASUP official said that with the dichotomy between the polytechnic diploma and the university degree, no enlightened person would want his or her child to go to the polytechnic.

According to him, most of the youths are drifting toward acquiring the university education.

“ASUP has not been keeping quiet but government response has not been favourable.

“Recently, another level of discrimination came again from JAMB, since we now have one JAMB examination for polytechnics and universities.

“JAMB now request that a candidate who made polytechnic second choice pay additional fee of N2500 or N3000 before being offered admission into the polytechnic.

“This is the latest form of discrimination against polytechnic education.

“Ordinarily, that is sufficient to discourage any young person from going into polytechnic, not to even talk of college of education.

“When we are agitating that government should remove the dichotomy and other discriminatory policies against polytechnics, now JAMB created another discriminatory policy against the polytechnic,’’ Mr. Aromolaran said.

The ASUP chairman said that until all the unfriendly policies were abolished, the country would not have an effective polytechnic system that would be acceptable by all.

Mr. Aromolaran said the union would continue to protest and resist all attempts to diminish the progress and development of the polytechnic education in the country.

(NAN)


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  • Karl Imom

    The problem is not about upgrading of polytechnics to universities. The problem is about recognition of graduates from polytechnics. Nigeria does NOT value technical expertise, so it does not really matter whether technical expertise are horned from polytechnics or universities. We have a society that places more value on non-technical qualifications but worships technical gadgets acquired with stolen money from overseas. If other countries did NOT value technical expertise, who would be building roads, exotic homes, cars, aeroplanes, rail roads etc for Nigeria? Who would be manufacturing the expensive cars they buy with their stolen money? The issue has nothing to do with the name of the institutions. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, California Polytechnic Institute, among others in the United States are not called universities yet they are among the best educational institutions in the world offering up to PhD programs. I went to Kaduna Polytechnic, and will resist any attempt by anybody to change the name of the institution to something else. If the school has to offer degrees, it should do so as Kaduna Polytechnic rather than a University.

    • aliyu M.

      Imom you talk sense.

    • Daniel Hallman

      The issue is not the name of the institution, it is the mind-set of the Nigerian people towards qualifications other than BSc. Students who graduate with HND qualifications are not given due recognition. The Programmes of the institutions should be changed to suit the Nigerian mentality. The HND programme should be called Bachelor of Tech Bachelor of Technology degree (B.Tech), and made equal to the BSc. Even if it takes a student 5 years to complete the qualification, Let it be a B.Tech.
      This will put an end to all discrimination.
      On the other hand, all HND graduates should be given the opportunity to upgrade to B.Tech in a one year programme as obtained in South Africa.

  • guillory54356

    Polytechnics university play an important role in our technology education. There are more brilliant students are come out from there. So i hope it will be great institute for the students.

  • david4923156

    It will be so more good for the polytechnics students and i hope they are go now so more ahead and they also give more attention about new invention.

  • elder5621316

    It will be so more good for the polytechnics students and i hope they are go now so more ahead and they also give more attention about new invention.