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Yabatech, Alvan Ikoku, Kadpoly, Others Now Varsities by simplicit(m): 2:33pm On Jul 21, 2010
The Federal Government on Tuesday said that four federal colleges of education and two polytechnics had been converted into universities.

The affected institutions are the FCEs in Kano and Zaria; Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri; and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo. They are now to be known as universities of education.

Others are Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos and Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, which are now to be known as universities of technology.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, made this public while receiving the report of the Implementation Committee on Guidelines for Degree-Awarding for Colleges of Education and Polytechnics.

She promised that the Federal Government’s White Paper on the matter would soon be issued for onward transmission to the Federal Executive Council. She said that FEC would be expected to give necessary approvals for the affected institutions to commence full activities with their new status.

The minister said the upgrading of the six institutions to degree-awarding status was to improve access to university education in the country.

She decried the situation where less than 15 per cent of candidates seeking university education were successful during the just concluded admissions exercise.

To members of the committee, she said, “We can assure you that we will now take action and draft a White Paper for the government and seek FEC’s approval for these colleges and polytechnics to start awarding degrees.”

Rufa’i also expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen the capacity of the National Open University of Nigeria, as part of efforts to improve access to tertiary education in Nigeria.

Earlier, the comitteee’s Chairman and Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, while presenting the report to the minister, said the selected institutions met stipulated guidelines.

He said they were found worthy, in line with an earlier recommendation of a report for their conversion.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that a National Secondary Education Commission, to be saddled with the responsibility of regulating secondary education, is soon to be established.

Inaugurating a 20-man committee to draw up guidelines for its implementation in Abuja on Tuesday, the education minister noted that the vacuum created by the lack of a statutory body to oversee secondary education, was responsible the dwindling fortune of secondary schools.
Re: Yabatech, Alvan Ikoku, Kadpoly, Others Now Varsities by funkystanl(m): 6:40pm On Jul 21, 2010
This is all poo. Moreover i don't think it is going to work. And if it wants to not now, maybe next year or two when a new government takes over. And for those of you who think those schools would admit you as 100 level university students, stop dreaming. You would be admitted as year 1 student(or ND in poly) or would be ask to undergo a 1-year foundation programme before you qualify as 100level students.

As for the current students they would have to go thru a one-year bridge programme to obatin the Btech(in polytechnics)
As for prospective students(or recent students) of YABATECH, what a name to give your school. I hope you all know what it means to finish in a City University of Technology Yaba, in an int'l sense?
Re: Yabatech, Alvan Ikoku, Kadpoly, Others Now Varsities by simplicit(m): 10:42am On Jul 22, 2010
u are getting the whole picture wrong, the school will be known as university of technology, not city university, which also applies to Kaduna Poly. The four College of Education mentioned will be refer to as University of Education. So get it straight now ok and dnt be an optimist.

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