Femi Makinde, Osogbo
The Rector of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Dr. Olusola Agboola, has said that Nigeria has not been able to overcome most of its challenges because curricula in the nation’s tertiary institutions are not designed to address the problems.
He also decried the preference for university to polytechnic education by parents and admission seekers, adding that the discrimination by them as well as employers would impact negatively on the nation’s development.
Agboola said this on Monday during a briefing in Iree ahead of the fifth combined convocation of the 23-year-old institution.
According to him, the polytechnic produced 13,839 graduands for the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 as well as 2015/2016 sessions.
He said the development was occasioned by the embargo placed on the institution by the state government not to conduct any admission for two sessions.
“This war of superiority that has been in place since 1979 will only cost the country its development. The two institutions are not supposed to be rivals rather; they should complement each other because each has its own mandate to perform to the society.
“Polytechnic education is established to address the development of the society. When you talk about infrastructure and basic human needs, which span from clothes to microphones and everything we use as humans. That is the area polytechnics are supposed to focus on while universities should be busy with conceptualising ideas and lay a basic philosophical foundation.
“The polytechnics are mandated to bring into reality what the universities have put together to better the society.”
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