Students, Lecturers Okay RIVCAS’ Planned Upgrade


Some students and
lecturers of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS), have commended the proposed upgrading of the school to a Polytechnic.
This is sequel to the proposed “Port Harcourt Polytechnic Bill” which passed through the first reading in the Rivers State House of Assembly (RSHA) last week.
The students and lecturers of the institution were unanimous over the prospect of the school becoming a Polytechnic, a situation, they said, would add to the value of their certificates.
A student of the Mass Communication Department, who spoke to The Tide on condition of anonymity, stated that beyond upgrading the school, it will enable more parents to send their children to school.
According to the student, my younger sister gained admission in Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, but could not attend because of the distance, since our parents cannot afford for her to stay in the hostel.
If  RIVCAS becomes a Polytechnic, it will be easier for her to attend classes from Rumuokwuta, where we live.
A lecturer in the school also stated that beyond the fact that it will enable parents and guardians in the vicinity to send their children and wards to school as a result of proximity, the status of the school will further enhance education in the state and country at large.
“In fact, there are so many benefits accruable from upgrading than can be explained in this interview. ,” the lecturer said.
It will be recalled that the leader of the RSHA, Hon. Martins Amaewhule, last Tuesday, presented the “Port Harcourt Polytechnic Bill, 2016” to the House and it passed through the first reading.
Presenting the Bill, Hon. Amaewhule said it seeks to create a law for the conversion of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science to the Port Harcourt Polytechnic, Rumuola, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and transfer the staff and properties of the College, other matters incidental thereto to the Port Harcourt Polytechnic.


Sogbeba Dokubo