In 2019, the University of Maiduguri admitted the highest number of students in the Nigerian university system. It was followed by UNICAL, UNIBEN, UNILORIN, UNILAG, UNIPORT, NAU, UNN, EKSU and RSU. These ten universities account for one-sixth of all admissions in 2019. In the conventional university system, UNILORIN has emerged as a very top university; more than 108,000 students applied to study there; it admitted about 12,000.
More so, Nigeria admits less than 33% of all students who apply to attend colleges; only 600,000 out of the 2 million that took the exams. From the data, it is evident that Polytechnics have lost many things; Yabatech had less than 2,500 applying but somehow it admitted excess of 4,000. The Akanu Ibiam FEDPoly, extremely respected in the Southeast received only 860 applications. Why not make it a Faculty in the Alex Ekwueme Federal University and reduce the bureaucracy? Why run Rector, Bursary, etc for the small numbers? I do think Nigeria can improve our efficiency on how we spend the little education budget we have by collapsing polytechnics into universities?
This is the summary: Nigeria needs to close all polytechnics and convert them into schools/faculties of nearby universities. Data shows that Nigerian young people do not see them as part of the future.
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(This post was not written out of elitism. Yes, he attended a university and now asking for the collapse of polytechnics. This is a pure economic & budgetary efficiency matter)