The ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics ASUP, seems to have no end which has prompted the Forum of Nigeria Polytechnic Alumni Association [FONPAA] ,on Sunday, sent an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, lamenting the neglect of polytechnic education in the country.
The forum said the failure of the Federal Government to end the strike, which had entered the eighth month, was a clear indication of its neglect of polytechnic education.
The Forum lambasted Jonathan government for showing non-challant attitude to the demands of ASUP.
According to the letter signed by its National Chairman, Emmanuel Ojo and Secretary, Olayode Omorayewa ,which a copy was made available to the schoolwatch.com.ng in Akure, the Ondo State Capital, the forum accused the government of abandoning polytechnic education and only showing concern on university education.
It noted that ASUP had been pressing for a 13 point-demand before members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] ,embarked on its own strike.
It ,however ,said instead of attending to the polytechnic lecturers, who first started their agitations, government immediately swung into action to resolve the issues of ASUU by ignoring the polytechnic sector as if it was not part of its agendas.
The letter reads, “We had on several occasions called the attention of the government to the importance of the two education systems We again wish to reiterate that the two institutions play complementary roles in enhancing national development.
“While university education is theoretically oriented, polytechnic education is technologically biased. For any country to be developed, it has to be technologically determined. This is the more reason why Polytechnic education has to be handled with all sensitivities in Nigeria. As the roles of the two education models are complimentary, the discrimination and disparity between the two certificates are unwarranted.
“Apart from the importance of the Polytechnic education as indicated above, government should also note that the lives of hundreds of thousands of Polytechnic students are in jeopardy. For over eight months now, Polytechnic students have been away from school. The devil finds job for the idle hands”.
The alumni forum, however, charged the government to resolve the issue of dichotomy of polytechnic and university graduates
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, have been on strike for about 10-months.
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