Polytechnic Students To Take Compulsory Skills As Graduation Requirement

Polytechnic Students To Take Compulsory Skills As Graduation Requirement

  • Polytechnic students in Nigeria are to take a Mandatory Skills Qualification as a graduation requirement
  • The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) said the compulsory skill is in line with global trends
  • The NBTE spokesperson, Hajiya Fatimah Abubakar, said diploma holders would now graduate with a National Skills Qualification or equivalent as an additional certification

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering basic and tertiary education in Nigeria and worldwide

FCT, Abuja - The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has introduced a Mandatory Skills Qualification as a graduation requirement for all polytechnic students across the country.

This is according to the newly reviewed National Diploma and Higher National Diploma curricula.

NBTE begins compulsory skill qualification for poly students
NBYE says it is in line with global trends. Photo credit: NBTE website
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NBTE Head of Media, Hajiya Fatimah Abubakar, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, June 10.

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Abubakar explained that the decision is in line with global trends, stating that skill acquisition is central to the training of youths in polytechnics, The Punch reports.

According to Abubakar, diploma holders would now graduate with a National Skills Qualification or equivalent as an additional certification.

As reported by Blueprint, she said the MSQ is now a requirement for all diploma programmes and must be attained before graduation.

The agency’s spokesperson added that the NSQ was a certification system designed to assess and recognise the skills and competencies of individuals in various fields.

“It focuses on vocational skills and is typically obtained through vocational training programmes, apprenticeships, and assessments conducted by approved skill assessment bodies.
“NSQ aims to bridge the gap between formal education and industry needs by providing individuals with practical skills relevant to the job market.

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“The dual certification of obtaining both an NSQ and an ND in Nigeria offers several benefits, including a comprehensive skill set, increased employability, versatility, professional recognition, and career progression.”

Polytechnic move to replace HND with Bachelor degree

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Rectors and Provosts of polytechnics across Nigeria met on Tuesday, May 21 to debate discrimination of HND holders.

The meeting will avail the reactor opportunity to also debate the proposal to replace the HND programme with Bachelor of Technology.

It is also to renew the call on the federal government to assent to the bill seeking the removal of the dichotomy between a Bachelor's degree and HND.

Source: Legit.ng

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