Education minister tasks polytechnics on quality8
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has asked polytechnics to invest in curriculum development in order to enhance the quality of education and competitiveness of graduates.
He added that administrators of polytechnics must benchmark their research, infrastructure and innovations against best practices across the world.
Adamu said this on Thursday during the 31st Convocation Ceremony of the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.
To achieve this, the minister tasked regulating agencies to always monitor the programmes to ensure that prescribed standards were met, particularly in the areas of staffing, curriculum, library facilities and infrastructure.
Besides, he added that new and relevant programmes must continually evolve in accordance with the dynamics of a rapidly changing world.
Adamu also advocated partnership between educational institutions and employers of labour, to give direction in the area of curriculum development, while also enhancing the teaching and learning process.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Governing Council, Yaba College of Technology, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, decried the poor funding of polytechnic education, adding that this had hampered the growth of the sector and prevented its products from being globally competitive.
Fagbemi lamented that government voted N5bn for the institution, although it required $7,105 to train one engineering student. He said that Technical and Vocational Education and Training required more funding to achieve the needed results..
He said, “Polytechnic education is meant to provide technical manpower for the advancement of technology and economic empowerment. It is also a veritable means of solving the unemployment problem that has long plagued our country. At the projected rate of $7, 105 per student, the sector would require about N45 billion to train the current set of engineering students alone.’’
To save the situation, Fagbemi advised that proceeds from national education tax should be exclusively invested in the education sector. He also called for more funding from the Federal Government while assuring of the college’s readiness to contribute to the economic and technological development of the country.