In fact, I am one of the polytechnic students also and as an engineering student I’m really enjoying the practical exposure I gained and still gaining from polytechnic system. The best thinker the world has ever produced is from a polytechnic also, Albert Einstein, from Zurich polytechnics (now called Federal Institute of Zurich, Swiss). I totally believe education is personal; eighty five percent of who you become largely depends on you, not your higher institution.
There are university graduates who are better than a polytechnic graduates likewise; there are also polytechnic graduates who are also far better than the university graduates. The practical oriented scheme of the polytechnic system is something to also to be encouraged. Skills are all we need in this age to control our future as a nation as Napoleon Hill puts it “knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is”_ what a swift analysis to the condition of Nigeria educational system.
If the people we inherited this polytechnic system from see it as old and not favourable to their educational growth anymore, then how about a society where this system has divided its higher institutions into two unequal parts. I think the ministry of education in Nigeria should waste no more time in finding how to solve the problem to our advantage.
I believe this is one of the major steps in tacking the admission issues in Nigeria educational sector. Instead of creating new universities, the polytechnics should be upgraded to an intensive research and technological oriented higher institutions, with the same ranking structures to the conventional universities in Nigeria.
I am against converting all the polytechnics or some big polytechnics in Nigeria into university, rather, they should be upgraded and converted into “polytechnic universities” and the higher national diploma (HND) should be abolished giving them privileges to award degrees, masters and PhDs. Also, the national diploma programme should be retained to supply the required middle-level manpower in the workforce. Just as the University of Technology is in Nigeria, this could also be another type of university “polytechnic university” mainly focusing on technological researches and practical oriented schemes.
Now that our higher institutions score below average in absorbing the candidates seeking admission into higher institutions in Nigeria, this is a way out. If all the polytechnics are upgraded and converted into “polytechnic university” it will be a major step in solving these problems that have frustrated our dear youths.
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