Rector Wants Buhari To End B.Sc. HND Dichotomy



The Rector of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Dr. Jacob Agboola, has charged the President-elect, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, to quickly end the dichotomy between university and polytechnic education in the country on assumption of office.
He argued that skills acquired in polytechnics are far better than that of universities but is still amazed that university graduates are rated above polytechnic graduates.
Agboola stated that no country can develop without the recognition of skills acquired by polytechnic graduates through technical education.
It will be recalled that the Committee on the Social Sector of the National Conference held in Abuja had recommended the removal of the dichotomy on university/polytechnic graduates.
The recommendation was made during plenary at the conference by the Chairman of the Committee, Iyom Josephine Anenih while presenting the report of the committee.
In her words: “There is a disparity in the cut-off of entry score into universities and other types of tertiary institutions, with universities requiring higher scores. Despite this, most candidates prefer universities, probably because of the difference in status and salary accorded university graduates as against those of other institutions.
“Graduates of Polytechnics and similar specialized tertiary institutions are geared towards practical-oriented education than universities.
“Each type of institution therefore has different mandates in terms of preparing graduates for society. Given this understanding, both institutions should be adequately equipped and funded to achieve their goals”, he said.
Reacting to the recommendation, delegate representing Ondo State, led by Prof. Femi Mimiko, opposed the removal of the dichotomy warning that it will pose a wrong question.
Prof. Mimiko said that what is important is making sure each institution perfects what it is set out to achieve as they have different purposes and objectives.


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