NBTE Grants Approval to 27 Polytechnics to Commence ODFeL
In a bid to keep academic activities alive amidst the COVID 19 Pandemic, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has granted approval to 27 Polytechnics in the country to commence the Open Distance Flexible e-Learning (ODFeL).
In separate letters to the approved institutions with Ref. C/TEB.500/Vo1.T/25, dated 12th August, 2020 and signed by the NBTE Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa'udu Kazaure, the approval was granted to the institutions in consideration of their involvement in the Flexible and Blended Skill Development (FSD) facilitated by the Commonwealth of Learning and the institution's participation in the Open and Distance Flexible e-learning.
The letter further stated that the approval is limited to the numbers of accredited programmes of each of the approved institution and must be based on strict compliance with the National TVET Policy and Strategy on ODFeL.
By the approval, the Polytechnics are expected to develop an interactive online Learning Platform for ODFeL with tools and resources to support and enhance education delivery management. The learning platform which should include monitoring tool accessible to NBTE and provide 24/7 support systems to students will also provide necessary information including: total number of hours per course per semester, students’ enrolment records for each programme per session and Gender Based enrollment. Other vital information to be provided on the e-learning platform are Students and Teachers online attendance, feedback from students per course which must be anonymous, and teaching materials made available to students per programme.
Meanwhile, all the practical sessions and examinations should be conducted using the face-to-face traditional mode the letter stated.
The 27approved polytechnics for the ODFeL include; The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti; Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi; Federal Polytechnic, Idah; Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa; Federal Polytechnic, Bida; Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi; Federal Polytechnic, Bali; Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri; Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu; Kano State Polytechnic, Kano; and Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure.
Others are; Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda; Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto; Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna; Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos; Federal Polytechnic, Nekede-Owerri; Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Federal Polytechnic, Oko; Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro; Federal Polytechnic, Ede; Akanu-Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana Afikpo; Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo; Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa; and Mai Idris Aloma Polytechnic, Geidam.