There has been news that the Nigerian Federal Government intends to convert Polytechnic into universities.
If implemented, it will mean that the award of HND will only be limited to only the students currently admitted for the programmes.
This means that polytechnics will only be able to award National Diploma (ND) and any student who wishes to further his or her studies after obtaining ND award will have to pursue the award of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) through the proximate university.
Many have reacted negatively to this news, while some are in support of it.
Those that are in support of the development, feel it will help resolve the HND-B.Sc discrimination.
Yet, some lecturers and stake holders are of the opinion that this move will result in the mass sack of polytechnic lecturers as many of them may not have the qualifications to fit into the new system and many not be able to improve their qualifications immediately due to constraints of time, age , finance and even unfavourable structures.
According to the Acting Head, Mass Communication Department, UNILAG, Dr. Oluruntola Sunday, the move by Federal Ministry of Education will not augur well as certain machineries ought to have been put in place before declaring the outright scrapping of HND by polytechnics.
Another senior lecturer, Dr. Tayo Poopola lamented that the constant change of policies without getting people’s opinions has been the bane in the education sector.
“Nigeria, who operate a democratic rule, ought to set agenda for public discussion before declaring a new policy,” he stated.