The National Body for Technical Education, NBTE, has directed the 556 polytechnics under it to establish Open and Distance Learning, ODL, centres in their respective institutions.
Executive Chairman of the board, Dr. Mas’udu Adamu Kazaure, gave the directive in a keynote address at the introductory workshop on Flexible Skills Development, FSD, and delivery in Technical Vocational Education and Training, TVET, held in Kaduna, yesterday.
Kazaure said the programme is aimed at making education accessible to a broad range of students and to enable them make the most of it in the time frame and course structure that is right.
According to him, “as it is, no policy or legislation can hinder the implementation of FSD programme in the TVET sector; rather the model would complement the federal government’s effort in expanding access to TVET. The participation of Auchi Polytechnic which is an institution under the board’s purview is an attestation to this fact.”
While noting that the role of the polytechnic is training, research and community development, Kazaure said a lot has been achieved in training and research, but little in community development.
He, however, said in most East African countries, FSD is used as a strong tool to improve the lives of rural communities.
Earlier, the facilitator of the workshop, Dr. Mead Alison Richardson, from the Commonwealth of Learning, COL, made presentations on the ODL.

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