Association of Proprietors of Private Polytechnics in Nigeria (APPPN) have called on the Federal Government to reopen polytechnics in the country.
The President of its association, Dr Moses Adeyemi made the call
yesterday while reacting to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) who backed the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that schools in the country should not be reopened.
ASUP and ASUU have stated that the population of students in public
tertiary institutions are too large to allow for social distancing in line with COVID-19 management protocols. APPPN doubts the sincerity of ASSU and ASUP in this regard.
APPPN says COVID-19 has exposed admission fraud in public tertiary
“The regulatory bodies, National University Commission (NUC) and
National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) accessed facilities before granting approval to offer a programme and do not also
authorize admission above the carrying capacity of the institutions based on its facilities.”
“Admissions into Nigerian tertiary institutions are also regulated by
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) who do not allow admission above carrying capacity approved by NUC or NBTE.
“The question now is: how did these institutions come about the
extra-large classes? We don’t believe that there are different standards for private Institutions. Private Polytechnic admits within its capacity and most of us don’t have enough students because the
public Institutions hoard the students during JAMB admission. The number of students in private polytechnics allow for social distancing,” Adeyemi said.
APPPN says it has put measures in place for safe return of students to campus. Chief Dr Adeyemi says the return of students to campus will help Polytechnics contribute towards combating the pandemic. You
cannot close technological Institutions that supposed to be assisting
in required technology for controlling the disease, Chief Dr Adeyemi said.
For ASUU and ASUP to claim that Private Institutions are calling for resumption because of financial gains, Chief Dr Adeyemi said public
institutions position themselves for profit far more than private schools. He said it is because of profit that public schools over admit students and do so outside the laws, outside the approval of NUC
and NBTE and without the clear knowledge of JAMB. If not for profit
why should public schools be having students in regular programs,
evening programs, weekend programs, consultancy programs etc. Are
these programs not profit oriented, APPPN asked? Chief Dr Adeyemi said
there is no private tertiary Institutions in Nigeria that offer such programs. If ASUP can openly say some Polytechnics have over 10,000, students let us investigate how many programs are approved to such Polytechnic. Polytechnic using loud speakers to teach students should
let NBTE see such speakers during accreditation and also let the world
know the class size approved by the regulatory body that required the
loud speakers. To say the least public Institutions, have inbuilt profit mechanism bigger than any private school. The President of APPPN calls for restructuring of Jamb to allow Private Polytechnics have sufficient students in its approved programs.
Our youth now roam the streets, markets, football fields, game houses etc exposed to all social vices without control.
APPPN call on the Minister of Education to announce date within the current phase of COVID-19 lockdown for resumption of Polytechnics as
Private Polytechnic are anxious to contribute to national growth. We
are partner in progress in all facets of the Nation economy.