NBTE Speaks About Rapid Increase In Number of Fake/Unacredited Polytechnics

The rapid increase of tertiary institutions in the state is alarming,as it has lead so many astray,The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has expressed concern over the proliferation of unaccredited and
unlicensed private polytechnics, monotechnics and Innovation Enterprise
Institutions (IEIs) in the country.

According to the NBTE Executive Secretary,
Dr. Manzuid Kazaure, over 65 of such
institutions were operating as well as
deceiving and defrauding innocent parents
and students.

He said the illegal institutions were in the
habit of admitting students with claims that
they run programmes leading to the awards
of National Diploma (ND) and Higher
National Diploma (HND) certificates.

Dr. Kazaure, who said security agencies
have been alerted on the issue with a view
to clamp down on operators, confirmed
that some top officials of the Programmes
Department of the NBTE were being
investigated over issuance of registration
licences to some private institutions.

In an interview with The Nation, Dr.
Kazaure said an investigating team has been
dispatched to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to
probe an illegal institution that has been
operating there.

“An investigating team has been sent to
Uyo, while the Abuja case has been
concluded. The Minister of Education will
soon receive the report,” Dr Kazaure said.

He stressed that officials of the
Programmes Department, who were
culpable in the licensing of such
institutions, would “face the full wrath of
the law”.

He said the board was worried by the
sudden rise in the number of private
polytechnics, monotechnics and IEIs.

It was gathered that the NBTE has been
inundated with complaints that such
sudden rise could not be possible, except
those saddled with the responsibility of
checking the activities of the illegal
institutions have either compromised or
lowered the standard.


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