The federal government has directed polytechnics, monotechnics, and other allied institutions against awarding degrees.
This order was conveyed in a circular, marked TEB/PRO/E/12/Vol.11/132 dated December 1, 2022, by the National Board for Technical Education, directed to heads of the affected institutions.
A copy of the document signed by the board’s Director, Polytechnic Programmes Department, Ogoh Ngbede, was made available to the media on Tuesday.
Ngbede, in the circular, expressed the Federal Ministry of Education’s dismay 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.