A Presidential Visitation Panel that President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, has lamented systemic failure in the country’s polytechnics
The Chairman of the 7-man Panel tagged: “Making the System Work”, Chief John Ochoga, spoke in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday May 5, 2021, during an interaction with newsmen on their mission at the polytechnic.
Ochoga stated that the establishment of polytechnics in Nigeria was aimed at promoting technology and advancing the economy.
He, however, said the falling standard of education in the country was responsible for the noticeable failures in the country’s polytechnics.
“The disappointments we are getting in our polytechnics are a function of our falling educational standards,” Ochoga said.
He added, “There are students who are doing brilliantly well in some polytechnics and also in the universities, but whatever happens, is part of the failure of the system. It is a general failure. You can get the best brains anywhere.”
Ochoga agreed that upgrading the Nigerian polytechnics is necessary. He, however, warned that the upgrading should not derail the focus if eventually actualised.
“Nothing is wrong with upgrading our polytechnics to university status; nothing is wrong with that, but that should not derail the focus, which was the advancement of technology in our country.
“The better thing I think we should do is that we must respect diversities of our education. That has been our problem. We must diversify our revenue sources as individuals. This will wipe out this issue of the dichotomy between universities and polytechnics,” Ochoga said.
Ochoga also explained that the panel was not at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti to probe or investigate anybody but to ascertain problems militating against the institution for necessary solutions.
“We are expecting Memoranda from the members of the public. This is not an investigative panel, but a panel that wants the system to work. We are here to interrogate the system. We want to know where the problems are, what caused them, how we can tackle them and how the system can work better than we have,” he said.