–Suggests that polytechnics have a higher level of accreditation… Budget allocation for 2022 is criticized as being inadequate.
WORRIED by the ongoing prejudice in Nigeria against holders of a Higher National Diploma, or HND, the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, or ASUP, has finalized preparations to convene a round table conference with key stakeholders to discuss ways to change the fate of polytechnics.
Policymakers, chief executives of polytechnics, and chairman of governing councils, among others, will be in attendance at the roundtable, which is expected to debate other critical problems.
The ASUP President, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that Nigerian polytechnics have both the people and infrastructural potential to provide above the HND, which is now the highest permissible type of certification for them.
He asked for a re-evaluation of educational policies and rules to allow polytechnics to generate master’s and doctoral-level graduates.While claiming that polytechnics are underfunded and that polytechnic graduates are discriminated against in the labor market, he claims that the development has tarnished the industry and resulted in exceptionally low applications.
Comrade Ezeibe bemoaned the fact that the restriction has severely hampered polytechnic growth and encouraged staff migration owing to a lack of fulfillment.
The ASUP President also chastised professional associations for denying polytechnic graduates access to qualification tests despite the fact that they have consistently performed well, claiming that this has further de-marketed the industry.
Ezeibe said the 3.2 billion dollars proposed for education in the 2022 fiscal year was an indicator that Nigerians place less premium on education.
He claimed that the money set aside for education across the country is comparable to the annual budgets of many postsecondary institutions abroad.
Poor funding for the educational sector, particularly polytechnics, according to the ASUP President, is to blame for the country’s declining educational quality and huge turnout of incompetent graduates.
He said that the union would convene a round table discussion with key stakeholders, policymakers, chief executives of polytechnics, chairman of governing councils, and others to discuss essential issues that will help polytechnics in Nigeria reverse their fate.