• 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.

    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.

    “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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