Allow Polytechnics To Award Bachelor, Master, Doctorate Degrees – ASUP Urges FG
The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Mr. Anderson Ezeibe, urged the Federal Government to empower polytechnics to award their bachelor of technology.
Ezeibe made the call in Kaduna at an award presentation and farewell ceremony organized by ASUP, Makarfi Chapter to mark the transition of Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, Makarfi (SICHSTM) into Kaduna State University (KASU).
ASUP also urged the federal government to end the BSc and Higher National Diploma (HND) dichotomy.
It was reported that SICHSTM was merged with KASU to be awarding degrees by Gov. Nasir El-Rufai.
He said the measure if adopted, would also ensure full utilization of a huge number of technical equipment in workshops, laboratories, and other facilities in public polytechnics that remained underutilized due to the lean student population.
The president said that with the transition, SICHST, was no longer a member of ASUP, but of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
”ASUP is currently advocating for the award of bachelor of technology by the Nigerian polytechnics system.
”HND is no longer as attractive as it used to be to Nigerian youths because of the age-long dichotomy.
“Policymakers have made it a rule that once an individual has an HND, he cannot attain the peak of his/her career, then why are they continuing to force it on people, why don’t they phase it out and replace it with a bachelor of technology, “he said.
According to him, the Nigerian polytechnic system has all it takes in terms of infrastructure and human capital to award Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Degrees in the areas of technology.
“In Europe, Germany, the UK, America, and all parts of the world, polytechnics are not limited to middle-level manpower.
“In the new polytechnic act, they are empowered to produce higher level manpower without limit, as we speak, many polytechnics are producing degree holders but in affiliation
“They are doing it with their own infrastructure and staff, why can’t they do it in name of another institution?
“We are on serious advocacy regarding this and we have recently submitted a position paper to the federal government on the need to transit from the award of HND to Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees in technology with the Nigeria polytechnic system,” he said.
According to him, it will be the surest way of barricading the dichotomy between an HND and a Bachelors’s Degree.
“So, if they are not ready to improve HND, they should phase it out and replace it with degrees in technology so as for us to continue to dwell in our own area of competence which is technical education, Ezeibe said.
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