Advantages Of Polytechnic Education Over University Education

This post was written by lalasticlala Ishilove Dominique Seun.

In Nigeria, there are three types of higher institutions namely the College of Education, Polytechnic and University. But the strongest argument is centered more between polytechnics and universities. Most of the arguments are based on the effectiveness of one institution over the other. I am however, here to give points on why Polytechnics are better than universities.

  1. Simplicity of Learning

The OND and HND style of learning enables a lot of students to have a feeling of casualness and helps them in having gradual advance in education. Some might not have the money to pay all their education expenses at once and need to have breaks in their stages of learning to raise the money. The OND degree acquired will even be a better avenue for getting a better job. This is unlike Nigerian universities where you can only apply for Leave of Absence which lasts for just one year. I have seen cases of people who after acquiring OND, vested capital into a business and later came back to finish their Higher National Diploma courses

  1. Development of dexterity

It is general knowledge that Polytechnics offer a style of lecturing that is operational {Involves more of practice} and the students more liable to have confidence in getting jobs and executing them well. For instance, an Engineering student with a National Diploma degree has more experience in the operations of machines than a university student who is limited more to theory and will most likely perform better in the field.

  1. Lack of Difficulty of Securing Admission

It is easier to gain admission into a polytechnic than a university. A lot of people have wasted years trying to acquire university admission all to no avail and in the process forgetting that Polytechnics have made it less difficult to enter. With no more than two applications, the worries of admission would have been overcome

  1. Lower Fees Nowadays

Universities charge higher than polytechnics. This is usually common with state universities. I remember in 2014, if not for the protests by LASU students, fees would have been permanently jacked up to 250,000 naira. How many students can afford that? This is very very unusual with a polytechnic as fees remain stable throughput the sessions

  1. Lecture Halls For Conducive Learning

The state of many lecture halls is appealing as many are not suited for congestion. This is the reverse in polytechnics as lecture halls are better positioned and well-spaced in order to create a suitable environment for learning and assimilation

  1. Ease of Toggling Between Environments of Study

Anyone can easily study two courses in different polytechnics at same time. It doesn’t even matter if they are in different states.

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  1. As far as I’m concern, it is better to attend the worst University than to attend the best Polytechnic

  2. To every advantages, there are disadvantages
    Knowledge stands to be knowledge wherever it is acquired
    Perfection in the two media is the point of concern

  3. My prayer is that one day we will no longer use the school and grade we graduated with, but what we have upstairs should be the determine factor. I am a Polytechnic graduate practicing Architecture and I have seen so much with regards this topic

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