From Femi Oyelola kaduna
The National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) on Wednesday began a two-day training for examination officers of Nigerian Polytechnics and other allied institutions on examination and record integrity to stamp out corruption.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, said the training organised in collaboration with Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) was designed to improve the integrity in examination and certification in polytechnics.
According to him, the goal is to ensure that all manner of examinations corruption are stamped out in various Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the country.
Kazaure said the training with the theme, “Advancement of the Human Capital in the Polytechnics and other Allied Institutions’’, would help to strengthen the belief in the Nigerian Project.
He also said that rectors, provost and officers in-charge of assessment and issuance of certificate had been instructed to maintain high ethical standard.
“Our collaboration with ACAN will yield inestimable value in strengthening characters of officials of examination administration and records, obedience to examination rules, beliefs and norms in all TVET institutions.
“NBTE doors are wide open to receive all partners of technical and vocational education who want to support us to ensure stability, advancement to revamp the decaying state of TVET institutions.’’
The NBTE boss said that at the end of the training, the participants were expected to replicate the training at institutional levels.
On his part, ACAN Provost, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, noted that developments in higher educational institutions, including polytechnics and colleges of education needed aggressive response to the unethical practices bedeviling them.
Akinrinade said corruption had taken up residence in most of the country’s higher educational institutions and found comfort and companionship from those who were supposed to repulse it.
According to him, corruption in any form is unacceptable, but corruption in our higher educational institutions strikes at the very heart of the future of this country.
“The extent to which the qualifications and the class of degrees being awarded by these institutions has been called into question by the corrupt activities associated with the process which produce them.
“This became evident when achievement levels hardly represent actual capacity of those parading the certificates and other qualifications awarded by our educational institutions,’’ he said.
The provost applauded the NBTE’s efforts toward stamping out corruption in TVET institutions under its purview.