The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic on Tuesday, October 26, said the establishment of Polytechnic in Nigeria is fast becoming more constituency project to satisfy political conveniences.
ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, stated this on Abuja at a two-day workshop themed”Advocacy on the future of Nigerian Polytechnics” organized by the union.
He said, “We do not agree with continuous establishment of new Polytechnics on the largely unsubstantiated premise of providing greater access to tertiary education for young Nigerians as the existing ones remain unattractive to young Nigerians”.
“Our Polytechnics are currently facing an identity crisis as we are not convinced that sectoral mandates are envisioned and captured in the National policy on education are being met”.
“Our products (Graduates)are underappreciated, discriminated against, and traumatized by the prospects of an uncertain future after training”.
“Our members (training staff)are demotivated as there is little or no sense of fulfillment or self-actualization in their chosen carriers.This among others is adversely affecting productivity and leading to consistent migration of qualified man power away from the sector”.
Ezeibe added that, the Polytechnics are nowhere close preferred destination for Nigerian students seeking tertiary education as the sector suffers from deep-seated discrimination in different facets mainly driven by anachronistic tendencies.
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