Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The outgoing Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr. Theresa Akande, has said that the only way polytechnics can be at par with the universities is by allowing them to award higher degrees.
Akande said polytechnics in some Francophone African countries are allowed to award masters and doctoral degrees, adding that this accounted for why technology education is better in those countries than in Nigeria.
Akande spoke at a press conference held at the polytechnic on Monday marking the end of her tenure as the institutionâ€™s chief executive officer.
The former rector called on the federal government to rejig polytechnic education in Nigeria, so that the country could operate at the same level with other advanced countries that are making waves in the world of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
â€œFrancophone countries like Cote Dâ€™Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Guinea were allowed to award masters and doctoral degrees. I have been there and saw it work, so Nigeria must adopt this because no country can grow in this modern days without better technological innovation,” she said.