Poly Admission: NBTE clears MAPOLY, YABATECH, 19 others2
The National Board for Technical Education has given the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos and 19 others a clean bill of health to admit candidates into all programmes on offer in their respective institutions.
The NBTE had barred 32 polytechnics in the country from admitting fresh candidates into business and art-related courses for the 2006/2007 academics session. The NBTE Executive Secretary, Dr. Nuru Yakubu, had last week said that the supervisory agency took the decision because the affected institutions exceeded the 70:30 admission ratio in favour of technology-based programmes granted them by the National Policy of Education.
The action had unsettled many stakeholders as some candidates who sat for the 2007/2008 Monotechnics, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Matriculation Examination had besieged YABATECH and MAPOLY to find out the true position of their preferred course of study.
But the NBTE Public Officer, Mr. Lawal Hafiz, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, said that only 32 of the polytechnics were directed to admit fresh students for their technology programmes.
“The remaining 21 are not affected. They have been playing the game according to the rule. The national policy says that student ratio in polytechnic should be 70:30, but some of them are negating this simple rule, he said.
He explained that the NBTE had given the affected institutions enough time to regulate their admission policy accordance with the rules.
“But we are surprised that they have bluntly refused. Now that the NBTE is wielding the big stick, they are complaining. We are not bothered. Things should be done normally.”
Hafix, however, said that MAPOLY and YABATECH were never on the list of the institutions that has been barred from admitting students that had bias for business and art related courses.
“MAPOLY and YABATECH and 19 others have no such problem. They have been cleared to admit fresh student into all their programmes. We are aware of a newspaper publication that included YABATECH on the list of those stopped. It is an error.”
He said that other polytechnic that had been granted by the NBTE to admit fresh students into all its programme include the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Bornu State, and the Universal College of Technology, Ile Ife, Osun State.
With this development only MAPOLY, YABATECH and the UCT, Ile Ife, have been cleared too admit students into management related courses for 2007/2008 academic session in the South West.
The implication of this is that thousand of candidates who had applied for these courses in polytechnic in the zone during the 2007 MPCE examination, may have to wait a little longer before they could live their dreams of securing admission to polytechnics.
The Public Relations Officer of MAPOLY. Mr. Yemi Ajibola, said the action had sent jitters down the spine of many stakeholders in MAPOLY. He, however, said that a letter dated October 15, 2007, and signed by the NBTE s Director of Programmes, Dr. M.S. Abubakar, which cleared the institution, had doused the tension in the polytechnic.
Source: Sunday Punch (November 4, 2007 – page 53)