In this article i will be discussing (comprehensively) the advantages of studying in a polytechnic. Thus, if you have been searching for the advantages or reasons why it is good to study in a polytechnic, i enjoin you to read this article carefully as i tide you over.
Though polytechnics are prevalently underestimated in Nigeria, there are still some cogent advantages a polytechnic has over a university or other higher institutions. Yes! That is why i often tell my students that a polytechnics is always a good alternative, if you can’t gain admission into any other institution. But wait. Is it actually true that schooling in a polytechnic has some advantages? I am sure that you are asking this question now. But don’t worry at all. The answer you are looking for is highlighted below.
Advantages Of Studying In Polytechnic
Below are the benefits for schooling in a polytechnic:
Segmentation of program
While other tertiary institutions engages their students in a 4-5 year program at once, polytechnics segments the program (Two years National Diploma and another two years Higher National Diploma), given it’s students a time for respite, during which they can decide whether or not to further their education. Last few years, a good friend of mine, who studied at the prestigious polytechnic of Ibadan, came back from school. He obtained his 2years ND certificate there, but decided afterwards, that he will not further his studies for the main time.
Surprisingly, he called me last week and told me that he will be going back to school, to obtain his HND certificate. On hearing this, i was taken aback. Believe me, only polytechnics does this in Nigeria. They make it able for students who don’t have money to further their education, to go and sort for money. So you see, that is a good advantage.
Polytechnics fosters practical teaching:
Students who attend polytechnics are not just taught the theoretical part of education, they are also taught the practical part. Polytechnics allow students to face the practical experience of what they have been taught in the classroom, and not just having the theoretical aspect up stairs. This is one of the greatest advantage polytechnics have over many other institutions in Nigeria. Polytechnics allows for the development of entrepreneurship skills.
Polytechnics are one of those institutions that develops the entrepreneurship skills of its students. This is basically because they are focused on the practical type of teaching as opposed to the theoretical. So far, I will say that, polytechnics are one of the top tertiary institution that has helped in alleviating poverty and has fostered self-employment in Nigeria. If you have critically analysed the rate of youth employment in Nigeria, you must have seen for your self that majority of them (That is, the youths) who are self-employed, are typical products of one polytechnic in Nigeria or the other.
Less school fee
Another good advantage of schooling in a polytechnic is that, you pay a very low amount of money as school fee. Believe me, there are some polytechnics in Nigeria that pay as low as 10-15 thousand Naira as school fee for a year. No doubt. This huge advantage has made polytechnics one of the best options for students who have very low economics power to further their education to tertiary level.
Polytechnics in Nigeria, has successfully given hope to many students who had never thought of furthering their education. Since the fee to study in a polytechnic is often less and affordable, students find it very easy to and delightful to study in polytechnics. Believe me, this is one of the top advantage a polytechnic has over a university.
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Conducive leaning Environment:
There is no doubt, that almost all the polytechnics in Nigeria are of good and conducive learning environment. Yes! This fact is undoubtedly true. It has enormously contributed to the good-will of polytechnics in some part of Nigeria. Because learning can only be effective when a good and conducive learning environment is assured, i see this as a good advantage of studying in a polytechnic. One thing I can vouch of, in almost every polytechnic in Nigeria is an awesome learning experience, and this has been as a result of the good and conducive learning environment they provide for their students.
Those are the major advantages of studying in a polytechnics. Having gone through the advantages of studying in a polytechnic, i strongly believe that many of you will no longer underrate this institution. Nevertheless, we must also note that while polytechnics have their advantages, they should not be compared with a university.