The months of July and August were glorious for the final year students of Kwara State Polytechnic. The finalists, who started their final examination on the first week of July, were glad to be finishing their last paper and becoming National Diploma holders.
After the examination, the students who were dressed in customized uniforms they designed by themselves, were given the industrial training attachment letter, which contains the permission to allow the ND graduate students to hold their one year industrial training at any organisation or industry of their choice before coming back for their Higher National Diploma (HND) programme.
Many students were glad to receive their internship letter, but some of them shared their pains with Quadlife over the industrial training programme.
A final year computer science student named Temitope Zianab said, “Getting a place for industrial training is now a problem that many ND students face after graduation. I have a friend who graduated last year, she was unable to get a place to hold the programme, she told me that some firms will tell you they are not accepting IT students whereas they are accepting, but the students accepted must have a strong connection with the firm.
She also said on getting to some firms, you will be told that IT students are accepted, but they won’t be paid. This sounds inconvenient for the IT students because it won’t be easy to work at a place for a whole year without payment.
Feeding and transportation are few of the areas where money will be needed, and students doing IT for one year are not supported by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the ITF are only in full support of the SIWES students (Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme) and this has created a feeling of discouragement among many IT students, which causes them to forfeit the IT programme and seek for a job to do in order to finance themselves for their HND programme.
“I will love to use this medium to plead with the government to please help us out by making it mandatory for industries and organisations to accept us and also encourage us with a little token, we need the training in order to get more experience in our field.
Kwara State Polytechnic Finalists, Victory At Last