ASUP decries low enrollment of students in polytechnics
.Accuses Nigeria govt of neglet
By Rita Michael,
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has lamented low enrollment of students in polytechnics due to neglect of polytechnic education by the federal government of Nigeria.
The ASUP National President, Usman Yusuf Dutse, disclosed this at the 14th National Delegate Conference of ASUP held at Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi State.
He said, "The neglect of polytechnic education by Frderal Government is responsible for the mass exodus from the system, experienced and well-trained intellectuals in areas of dire need and low enrollment of students into polytechnics in the country.”
According to Dutse, polytechnic education in Nigeria has become endangered owing to persistent neglect, under-funding, unfavorable /conflicting policies, obsolete instruments of operation, decay of infrastructure and poor conditions of services.
"As major stakeholders in the sector, we cannot ignore the fact that problems of polytechnic education in Nigeria are becoming increasingly worrisome. Our sector is discriminated against and our graduates are ridiculed at points of employment, not because they lack the capacity, but because of marginalization enshrined in the policies and laws of the country.
"From records available to us, 1.5 million persons apply to universities while less than 40,000 apply to the polytechnics. Several efforts for the total removal of the dichotomy are still being sabotaged by some government interest." he said.
Dutse stated that the union embarked on strike due to the failure of government at various levels to give the desired attention to the plight of polytechnic education in Nigeria, pointing out that the government should match words with action and sincerity to ensure lasting industrial peace in the sector.
Also, the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Shaibu Musa, lamented that inadequate funding had crippled the broad and existing national policies and programmes of polytechnic education, saying, “These issues need to be tackled to enable the nation benefit from the huge potential of polytechnic education for the provision of policemen manpower.”
He enumerated on the achievement of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, saying that the institution had recruited 240 academic staff of various ranks, approved study fellowship in Nigeria and international university to 60 for policemen, PhD and 125 for Masters degrees and 300 staff who attended national and international conferences.