The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), on Thursday, berated the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for fixing lower cut-off mark for candidates aspiring to get admission into polytechnics across the country.

The union frowned at the lower cut-off mark prescribed for candidates seeking polytechnic admission compared to their university counterparts, and declared that the situation is no longer acceptable to the union.

It further described the discriminatory admission cut-off mark between polytechnics and universities by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) as totally unacceptable, saying the disparity of the policy makes polytechnics as undesirable destinations for pursuit of tertiary education.

Addressing a press conference at the Labour House, Abuja, President of ASUP, Comrade Chibuzo Asomugha, insisted that candidates seeking to be admitted into the polytechnics should be placed on the same benchmark as their counterparts.

He said: “The admission policy of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, which profiles polytechnics as undesirable destinations for pursuit of tertiary education, is absurd and unfortunate.

“The policy has failed to understand that polytechnic education is an aptitude-determined choice of the candidate and not a cesspool of desperation. Candidates who sit for matriculation examinations into tertiary institutions deserve equal treatment.

“The situation where candidates sit for the same examination but are allocated discriminatory cut-off points into the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education respectively shall no longer be accepted by our union.

“Candidates seeking to be admitted into the polytechnics should be placed on the same benchmark as their counterparts. This is to breach public perception which places our sector as inferior or incapable of competing with the best in terms of service delivery.”

The ASUP president also decried the neglect of the polytechnic sector; regretting that more than one year after the union suspended its strike action, which was necessitated by failure of government to address critical problems facing the sector, majority of the issues remain unresolved.

Comrade Asomugha: “Our union had in 2012 drawn the attention of government to very critical needs of polytechnics in the country. Upon repeated reminders and as a result of deliberate failure by government to attend to these needs, our union embarked on a protracted strike from October 2013 to July, 2014.

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