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Discrimination agaisnt HND holders, Union begs Federal government to upgrade polytechnics to universities of technology

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has appealed to the
Federal Government to upgrade all polytechnics to universities of
technology to end discrimination against Higher National Diploma (HND)
certificate holders in the country.

This was appeal was made by Mr. Adeyemi Aromolaran, Yaba College of
Technology branch Chairman of ASUP, in an interview with newsmen in
Lagos on Wednesday.

The ASUP chairman said that government’s discriminatory policies against
polytechnics were retarding the development of technical education in
the country.

“We need to look at the British example of running educational
programmes, because that is where Nigeria copied the polytechnic
education system from.

“Britain had abolished polytechnics long time ago; all polytechnics have
been turned to universities of technology in that country,’’ Aromolaran

He noted that admission figures into the nation’s polytechnics and
colleges of education were dropping every year due to the persistence of
this discrimination.

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He stressed that the removal of this dichotomy is what the union has
been agitating for and that the government has not given any favourable

The ASUP chairman added that until all the unfriendly policies were
abolished, the country would not have an effective polytechnic system
that would be acceptable by all.

Aromolaran said the union would continue to protest and resist all
attempts to diminish the progress and development of the polytechnic
education in the country.


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