Students of Lagos State Polytechnic ( LASPOTECH ), Ikorodu, have lamented the absence of modern equipment in tertiary institutions, especially polytechnics, which are considered the fulcrum of vocational and practical studies.
The students, led by the president, Mass Communication Students Association of LASPOTECH, Ikorodu campus, Miss Sobowale Adenike Omolayo, made the call during their visit to The Guardian headquarters, at Rutam House, Lagos.
They called for increased investment in practical teaching to restore the lost glory of polytechnics in the country.
Omolayo said: “We are here on a media tour as part of programmes for the our annual week.
Everything we have seen is really different from what we have in our school.
Those of us studying printing have not seen anything before now because the printing press here alone is awesome; I never knew it is going to be something huge.
This is my first time seeing something like this.
“Also, The Guardian library is awesome. One thing that amazed me was the compilation of the newspapers, especially The Guardian editions since 1983, when this great newspaper was founded. It was a huge learning experience for everyone visiting the newsroom and other departments.”
On the practical aspect of education and what is needed to revitalise the education system, she said: “There has been an upgrade in equipment in schools in other climes because technology has so much advanced.
If the government can help us bring in those new things as we find in a foreign institution, Nigerian students will always come out well trained.
They say polytechnics do more of practical than theory, but that is not the case.
Our lecturers have the knowledge of what they teach us, but we are not seeing it in real life so, we are just hearing their testimonies, we are not seeing it practically.
If the government make these things available in our classes and make the school system more practical-based, there will be a great advancement in our tertiary education.”