Polytechnic Graduate Vs University Graduate : Critical Analysis.

By Olufemi BASHORUN A lot of people will never be aware of an ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics- ASUP, until th...



By Olufemi BASHORUN

A lot of people will never be aware of an ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics- ASUP, until the strike goes beyond two weeks.

Whereas, only a warning to go on strike by their counterpart-- Academic Staff Union of Universities -ASUU-- makes top headlines in newspapers and public discussions.

Polytechnics and their products are taken academically lesser and unproductive respectively.

In my formative years of college-hood, my brilliant aunt, a graduate of The Polytechnic Ibadan, warned me never to settle for a polytechnic. She lamented over how labour market diminished their skills and accorded inflated importance to their university counterparts.

Nobody wanted a polytechnic. Many of my friends who didn't get university admission when we all applied for it, waited another year(s) even when we were offered polytechnic admissions.

Those of us who eventually went for ND in the polytechnic did so only for the purpose of crossing to the university on the enticing idea of Direct Entry.

It was when some of us got frustrated with the direct entry admission that we considered HND. In fact, these days, a prospective student prefers a 2year IJMB A-level exam to the same 2year in a polytechnic for a National Diploma.

Last night, eavesdropping on some ladies, one said 'see, I am in the polytechnic because I don't want to sit at home.'

I have never seen a prospective student saying he\she wants a polytechnic. In Nigeria, polytechnic is accepting one's kadara (fate).

I don't know when and how this nonsense started. Why should the polytechnic or its graduates be labelled inferior?

My brother's friend who graduated as a civil engineer in a Nigerian university is currently in Canada, studying for a diploma (not graduate diploma o, ordinary diploma) in a Canadian college. And he's proud of it.

People who prioritize university over polytechnic should juxtapose the curriculum of these institutions on the standard academic scale.

Many years before the PTDF gave the Federal University of Technology, Minna a Chemical Engineering lab, the neighbour-institution, Federal Polytechnic, Bida, had a functioning model of a refinery in their Chemical Engineering complex.

Walk into the gate of Mapoly, Abeokuta, and see the wonderful creation of Students of Architecture, Mass Communication, etc. The school has what many Nigerian Universities does not dream of having in years to come.

Go to the Civil Engineering workshop of the Institute of Technology IOT, Kwara State Polytechnic and see models of bridges and sophisticated constructions that I am not sure the University of Ilorin can boast of (Apologies to the concerned).

During my service year in Kwara State, I met two University graduates of Mass Communication (from different institutions), who could not tell the distinct difference between Communication and Mass Communication. Yet, when HND graduates apply for graduate studies (Masters in this case), some are asked to go through PGD again. Why?!

We cannot continually see the polytechnic as a runner-up. And that's why polytechnics can be on strike and the news will not make waves.

Only God knows where my Colleges of Education brethren are in this struggle for scholastic relevance!

May God help us
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