Academic activities have, for some time, stopped at most polytechnics and colleges of education due to strike by lecturers, but nobody seems to pay attention to them,CHARLES ABAH and FEMI ATOYEBI write

Disappointment is simply the lot of the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha, as he discusses the fate of the nation’s polytechnic education.

Sounding dejected, the ASUP President notes that the Federal Government is not enthusiastic about developing the polytechnic sector.

According to him, the government has failed to show reasonable good faith and commitment toward uplifting the polytechnic sector in general and particularly in resolving the ongoing strike by polytechnic lecturers.

He says, “It will not be wrong to say that government has been irresponsive and insensitive to the challenges in the polytechnic sector.

Government has not been sincere in the scant attention it has paid ASUP in the course of this engagement.”

The despondence is not limited to Asomugha. A Higher National Diploma undergraduate of the Offa Polytechnic in Kwara State, Emma Idu, also sounded dejected on Monday as he appraised the nation’s tertiary education, especially the ongoing strike by polytechnic teachers. He is not happy that after over 100 days the industrial action commenced, it has yet to get what he describes as “the needed attention.”

He says, “I wonder how the authorities look at the polytechnic sector. Even as students, we are not getting the deserved recognition.

Many people see us as inferior to our university counterparts. In fact, they see polytechnics as a preparatory ground for university education. Do you know that this alone gives some of us psychological trauma?

“Again, look at the ongoing strike by the academic staff of polytechnic. Are their issues getting the needed attention? The answer indeed is not in the affirmative. Truly, if the country continues this way, I wonder how it will get its technical manpower and achieve its quest for technological growth.”

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