The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has called on the Federal Government to review the current state of Nigerian polytechnics.

Speaking at the 81st National Executive Council meeting of ASUP in
Offa, Kwara State, the National President, Prof. Chibuzo Asomugha, said
that the review is necessary in order for Nigerian polytechnics to meet
global standards.

He stated that a mechanism should be put in place to allow all
stakeholders evolve a model for polytechnic education that can fit into
contemporary times.

Asomugha said jumping into the fray will not help Nigeria, as that is what has been happening in the country.

According to him, there had been disconcerted efforts at
policy-making concerning technical education in Nigeria. He added that
government need to draw up a refurbished template.

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The union leader said that polytechnic education in the country are facing many challenges.

Asomugha said, “There is no understanding of what we really want
polytechnic education to be. We have deviated from the original vision
and there is no focus. There is hardly any technical intent in the
delivery of polytechnic education and we must return to the basis.

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“This dovetails into what happens in the wider economy, in the
industries and private sector. There is no contact between the
industries and the schools. We are just producing polytechnic graduates
without being able to know where they will fit in”, he added.

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