Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, and the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, have stormed polytechnics and monotechnics in the South East and South South regions to fight unethical practices in the institutions.
No fewer than 20 tertiary institutions in the zones gathered at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko in Anambra State yesterday for the three day workshop.
The theme of the workshop was, ‘Restoring Academic Integrity and Engendering Quality Assurance in Polytechnics and similar tertiary institutions in Nigeria.’
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano was represented by his Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Chinedu Emeka.
In his address, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, Dr. Mass’udu Adamu Kazaure, lamented that unethical practices had negatively affected the fortunes of the educational system in the country.
This, according to him, had adversely affected the quality of the products especially in the world of workforce, despite several measures adopted both internally and externally to curb the monstrous development.
According to Kazuare, “this is especially in enrollment and output of graduates of our tertiary institutions and from all indications; however, it will appear as if the measures have little or no effects in curbing it.
“This workshop is therefore organised to introduce participants to one of the important measures, developed by JAMB to minimise unethical practices in the admission process in our higher institutions and that is the Computer Based Test, CBT, system,” he said.
For Obiano, Anambra State government would partner the Federal Polytechnic, Oko to make the system work in the state, adding that the vision of the government and the institution was the same as it concerned CBT system.
Also speaking, Prof. Shola Akinrinade of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, said the time to get it right in the education system was now with the change slogan.
He listed some corrupt practices identified in relation to admissions, enrollment and registration as, non–adherence to approved carrying capacity as set by the National Universities Commission, NUC.
The Rector of the institution, Prof. Godwin Onu in his address, noted that the most virulent challenge being faced by the CBT was the opposition by some lecturers who he said were beneficiaries of the old order.
He said some of their arguments were that it would strip them of their responsibilities and negate practical orientated courses.
However, Onu said that CBT would make the work of the lecturers easier, while appealing to all the schools to embrace such system.

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