BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti
The federal government has been counseled to start the process of redesigning polytechnic education in the country for it to be at par with other advanced countries that are making waves in the world of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The outgoing Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr. Theresa Akande , who gave the advice at a press conference marking the end of her tenure as the institution’s chief Executive officer said tertiary education in the country will be revolutionized if polytechnic are allowed to be awarding higher degrees as universities.
Akande who pointed out that polytechnics in some Francophone African countries were allowed to award Masters and Doctorate degrees, said this accounted for why such countries were thriving technologically.
“Francophone countries like Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Guinea were allowed to award masters and doctorate degrees. I have been there and saw it work, so Nigeria must adopt this because no country can grow in this modern day without better technological innovation.
“Even in Germany, you would have to be proficient in technology by acquiring better training and do internships before you can be employed. So, Nigeria must come to terms that polytechnic education is very essential and should not be treated as being too low to universities”.