Rectors seek end to Polytechnic, University Discrimination

The Council of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COHEADS) yesterday sought an end to the discrimination against graduates of polytechnics in the country, saying it is counter-productive.

COHEADS in a communiqué after its 127th regular meeting at the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency review the policy of discrimination between graduates of polytechnics and universities warning that it is not good for the growth of the country.

The seven-point communiqué which was signed by the Chairman, Dr. Kabiru Matazu also urged the federal government and the striking lecturers to shift grounds with a view to resolving the prolonged strike.

The Communiqué added that the strike has brought untold hardship to the students, parents and other stakeholders with serious negative attendant consequences on Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) and the national economy.

COHEADS also called on the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for an upward review of the existing carrying capacity policy with a view to encompassing the policy of improving access and quality of Technical and Vocational Education Technology in the polytechnics and Colleges of Technology.

The Rectors also commended the federal government’s effort on the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Polytechnics but urge the government to expedite action on the report with a view to committing funds for the improvement of the decaying infrastructure in the Polytechnic sub-sector.

They also congratulated the newly inaugurated governor of Anambra State, Dr. Willie Obiano on his election and swearing-in and commended him for embarking on the special Vocational Training Schemes in the State targeted at empowering the youths with functional skills.

The rectors also observed the prevailing skills gap and youth unemployment in the country and called on the Federal government to immediately implement the National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) which has the potential of addressing these negative phenomena.

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