The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed polytechnics, monotechnics and other allied institutions to stop awarding degrees.
The National Board for Technical Education made this announcement to heads of the affected institutions in a circular marked TEB/PRO/E/12/Vol.11/132 dated December 1, 2022.
The circular was signed by the board’s Director, Polytechnic Programmes Department, Ogoh Ngbede.
Ngbede expressed the Federal Ministry of Education’s surprise at the increasing number of tertiary institutions in the country offering programmes for which they were not originally designed.
He however said the government has given the affected institutions four years to graduate the last set of students already admitted for such programmes.
The circular read in part:
“Polytechnics and other technical institutions in the country should immediately stop admitting students into degree programmes.
“Similarly, polytechnics and allied institutions awarding Nigerian Certificate in Education should restrict themselves to technical courses.
“However, already admitted undergraduates for these programmes should be allowed to round up the programmes into which they are already admitted.
“Institutions have been given a period of four years (up to 2026) to graduate their last set of students for such programmes.”