Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola has stated establishments offering technical schooling within the nation place premium on theoretical quite than the sensible and technical studying.
The minister said this yesterday when he delivered the 27th convocation lecture of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu.
The previous Osun State governor stated such establishments have deserted the mandate they have been established to fulfil.
Within the lecture, titled: Infrastructural Deficit and Technological Improvement in Nigeria: The Position of Technical Training, Aregbesola stated: “In accordance with the Federal Polytechnic Act of 1979, the polytechnics have been established to offer full or part-time programs of instruction/coaching in Expertise, Utilized Science, Commerce and Administration and in such different fields of utilized studying related to the necessity of the event of Nigeria in areas of commercial and agricultural manufacturing and for analysis within the improvement and adaptation of strategies because the council might on occasion decide.
What number of polytechnics can actually declare to be working strictly inside this mission assertion? As a perceptive observer places it, whereas universities are gravitating in direction of the technical, the polytechnics are gravitating in direction of the theoretical.”
The minister condemned a scenario the place graduates acquired what he known as bland certificates that don’t equip them with life-sustaining expertise.
On complaints by polytechnics that their graduates are discriminated in opposition to by employers, Aregbesola stated this was an indictment on their half.
“Employers, in addition to the general public sector, are rational actors. They need nicely skilled productive graduates who will add values to their enterprise. The take a look at of high quality, due to this fact, is within the discipline, what the worker has to supply.
Ordinarily, graduates of polytechnics ought to have benefit over college graduates within the personal sector as a result of they’re speculated to have acquired technical and vocational coaching,” he stated.
The minister challenged the authorities to restructure polytechnics and put together their college students for taking larger duties in nation-building.
Aregbesola pressured that for Nigeria to play its historic position on the continent, technical and vocational schooling should be redefined within the nation.
The Govt Secretary of the Nationwide Board for Technical Training (NBTE), Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, hailed the varsity administration for bettering the standard of instructing and studying within the establishment.