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Advantages Of Studying in a Nigerian Polytechnic over a university

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 style of learning that is the OND and HND style enables a lot of students to have a feeling of casualness and helps them in having gradual advance in education. Education expenses might not be available to all of them 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 universites 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

2. Development of dexterity

Polytechnics usually in general knowledge 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. An Engineering student with a National Diploma degree, for instance,  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.

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3. 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.

4. 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 the Lagos State University students, fees would have been permanently jacked up to two hundred and fifty thousand naira. How many students can afford that? This is very very unusual with a polytechnic as fees remain stable throughout the sessions. Some polytechnics pay as low as thirty thousand naira

5. Lecture Halls For Conducive Learning

The state of many lecture halls is appaling 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. This point is arguable anywhere. I have experienced this myself.

6. 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. I have had a friend who studied Statistics at the Lagos State Polytechnic and at same time studying Computer science at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. Eventually he came out with one HND degree which was that of computer science after dumping Statistics immediately acquiring an OND degree but it was worth the wait.

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