The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has called on the National Assembly to fast track the amendment of the Polytechnic Act to meet modern reality.
National President of the Union, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha made the call at its seventy-fifth National Executive Council Meeting at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.
He said the last amendment was done in 2004, adding that it has become obsolete and unusable to meet the challenges of the times.
The ASUP President said the House of Representative has conducted public hearing on the amendment, adding that it should be sent to the Senate.
Mr. Asomugha said government has to face reality and understand that working under pressure would not help the tertiary sector.
He decried the discrimination against HND graduates in the public service, adding that the demeaning of their career progression is a huge challenge to the sector.
The ASUP President said out of fifteen issues tabled before the Minister of Education in 2011, only two have been met partly and stressed that polytechnics should not be short-change for universities, arguing that the cut of marks for polytechnics should be at par with universities.
According to him, there is no different cut of mark in the school certificate for entrance into tertiary institution and called on government to give them a level playing ground to admit students the same time with the universities and the same cut off marks.