It is dishearten to denote that even polytechnics themselves discriminate against their own products.
The Kaduna Polytechnic chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has decried persistent discrimination against polytechnic graduates.
Chairman of the association, Engineer Musa Ibrahim, said at an interactive forum between the new leadership of ASUP and newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend that the issue of dichotomy was part of ASUP’s demands which government said it would rectify.
He said: “The discrimination is still there even in the polytechnics and what is actually wrong is the policy, it is a policy that has problems even in the polytechnic set up, especially in terms of employing lecturers. There is discrimination against products of the system because any polytechnic graduate employed to lecture is not referred to as a lecturer while a graduate from a university is called a lecturer, whereas a product of the polytechnic is called an instructor or technologist and that is the beginning of the discrimination. As common as a head of department is, a polytechnic graduate cannot attain the level of HOD.
“The discrimination starts in-house and it is borne from the policy of government being implemented. Some of us even feel that the polytechnics are helping in the discrimination. Though it is a policy but they should have looked for ways to abolish it. Even in the ministry, there is a ceiling, if a HND holder does not go back to the university to get PGD and masters, he/she will not rise above level 14. We pray the issue of dichotomy will be addressed.
“The position right now is that government has set up a committee with the national executives in membership, they have submitted their report, it is waiting for consideration by the National Council of Establishment.”
The chairman, accompanied by other executive members, said the essence of the visit and interaction was to cement their relationship with the media.
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