Kano State Polytechnic's Education Technical Programmes Get Accreditation With NCCE, After 15yrs Wait
In his resolve to change the sorry state of education at all levels since his first tenure in office from 2015 to 2019 and promised to maintain same in the second tenure, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has, through the good management of the State Polytechnic,
developed quality assurance and maintain standard in the institution, when among other feats achieved, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) accredites all education technical programmes, that remained unaccredited for over fifteen years.
The programmes were in the cooler for all those years, but when the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa, reported the matter to the governor, he (governor) promised to look into the matter with the view to ameliorating the situation for better.
Prof Kurawa appreciated that, " From the time I reported the sorry state of that aspect, among many others, His Excellency, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, took it upon himself to see that he makes effective move in addressing the problem head on. Which he did, just as he does to all our problems being faced by the Polytechnic."
Kurawa said, all the education technical programmes that were not attended to by the board responsible for their accreditation, because of one reason or the other, were responsibly given the necessary attention by the governor. Which paved way for their accreditation by the NCCE.
"Which resulted into the accreditation of our Technical programmes recently by the National Commission For Colleges of Education after being in the cooler for over 15 years. This is a significant move which translates into governor's resolve to cater for quality assurance in our education sector. And this calls for all praises and appreciation of good job," Prof Kurawa reveals.
Accredited programmes are NCE (Tech) Automobile, NCE (Tech) Building, NCE (Tech) Electrical, NCE (Tech) Metal Works, NCE (Tech) Wood Work and Pre-NCE Technical. All the programmes suffered for a very long period of fifteen years without any accreditation from the relevant body.
Kurawa said that only governor Ganduje found it extremely necessary to save the courses from academic suffocation and made all the necessary arrangements and acceptance for the accreditation to take place.
Furthermore he appreciated that, "In addition, following the release of funds by His Excellency, preparations for the 7th Combined Convocation for Kano State Polytechnic have reached advanced stage. It is worth mentioning that the Convocation has not been conducted for the last twenty years.
Thanks to Governor for making Education his Priority."
As an important recognition of how the Poly under Prof Kurawa with a keen support of governor Ganduje, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) found it extremely needful to appoint the Rector to become a member into the Governing Board of the Board. An appointment that was effected just recently.
Also in recognition of the numerous achievements recorded under Ganduje administration, with Prof Kurawa as the Rector, the Rector has 3 membership of Governing Boards, across some agencies. These are Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Raw Materials Research Development Council and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
Courtesy Ganduje's style of leadership, Kurawa discloses, which he promised to give all the necessary support for genuine educational development since his coming into office, all programmes in Kano Polytechnic have accreditation. For the first time in the history of the institution.
As academic excellence moves in proportion with state government commitment, for the past three and a half years, there has been peace and stability on all the campuses under the Polytechnic. The relationship between management and staff becomes glaringly understandable and harmonious.
Apart from the many Conferences that were hosted by the institution, four academic journals were resuscitated. Academic excellence becomes order of the day with the Polytechnic.
"Our dear Polytechnic is growing day in day out, courtesy our governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje's commitment, determination and unalloyed political will to take education to greater heights. I am saying this without any fear of mincing words," Rector says.
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor