Tuesday, 30 April 2013

stop running post HND,PGD..FG warns POLYS

Abuja – The Minister of
Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu
Rufai, has warned
polytechnics undertaking
the post-graduate diploma
programmes to stop, saying it is not part of
their mandate. Rufa’i gave the warning
on Monday in Abuja at the
inauguration of the
governing councils for the
National Teachers
Institute, National Educational Research
Development Council, 15
federal polytechnics and
19 federal colleges of
education. She directed that
henceforth, no polytechnic
convocation would hold
without issuance of
certificates to graduating
students. The minister also ordered
that the provosts and
registrars of colleges of
education must sign NCE
certificates as obtained in
polytechnics and universities. “The provosts and
registrars of colleges of
education should sign NCE
certificates as obtained in
polytechnics and
universities. “Issuance of certificates
to graduating students is
a prerequisite for approval
for holding convocations;
thus no certificate, no
convocation,” she directed. While addressing the
inaugurated council
members, Rufai urged
them to encourage
responsive and responsible
unionism in their respective institutions and
arrest problems of cultism,
drug abuse and other
social vices among
students. “Governing councils have a
strategic role to play in
facilitating the required
transformation of the
tertiary education sector
in order to actualise the desire of government to
provide easy access
without compromising
standards and quality. “The composition of these
governing councils is apt
and places high demands
on you to work
assiduously to realise
these goals,’’ she said. Rufa’i said that effective
strategies should also be
developed for early
detection and eradication
of all forms of vices such
as examination malpractice, sexual
harassment, extortion,
inducement, loss of
examination scripts and
results. She advised the councils
not to be lured into
turning the prestigious
fellowship awards to
chieftaincy title affairs. Responding on behalf of his
colleagues, Chief Ebenezer
Babatope, Chairman,
Governing Council of
College of Technology,
Yaba, pledged to use their appointments to
contribute to the
development of the
education sector. He thanked the Federal
Government for the
privilege to serve the
country. (NAN)
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