The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has appealed to the Federal Government to remove all discriminatory policies affecting the growth of polytechnics and colleges of education system in the country.
Mr Adeyemi Aromolaran, the Chairman, Yaba College of Technology branch of ASUP, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the policy was retarding development of polytechnic education system.
Aromolaran said that until all the unfriendly policies were abolished, the country would not have an effective polytechnic system that would be acceptable by all.
He said that Nigeria should adopt the British educational system and upgrade all polytechnics and colleges of technology to become universities of technology.
“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 university of technology in that country.
Aromolaran noted that admission figures into the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of education were going down every year due to unfavourable government policies.
“So long we still continue with the system we are running, discrimination will persist and consequently the decline in the admission into polytechnics will continue to dwindle,’’ he said.
“This is part of what the union has been agitating against’’.
He 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 youths are drifting toward acquiring the university education.
“ASUP has not been keeping quiet but government responses have not been favourable.
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)