The Executive Secretary of the National Board of Technical Education, Dr Masudu Kazaure, has said there was the need for all the stakeholders to contribute to the development of polytechnic education in Nigeria.
He said lecturers had critical role to play in the career of the students, saying that was why lecturers at polytechnics needed to upgrade themselves in the area of knowledge acquisition.
To this end, the don said the industrial attachment should not only be for the students but lecturers too should embark on the programme in order to gather more experience which could help them in their teaching of students.
He stated this on Wednesday during the convocation lecture he delivered at the Federal Polytechnic, Ile Oluji, Ondo State. The lecture was titled, ‘Building a globally competitive higher educational institution: the role of critical stakeholders.’
Kazaure, was represented at the lecture by a former Rector of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Dr Masudu Eleru.
He said, “It is not only the students that should be going for industrial attachments, lecturers too should be going, even if it is for six months. The experience they acquire in that programme would help them in their teaching of their students.
“So I will suggest that all lecturers in polytechnics in the country should embark on industrial attachment. This attachment must be in private or public industries or organisations relevant to their areas of specialisations.
“At the end of each industrial attachment, which could be done during vacations, they would impart whatever new things they have learnt in their students.
“It is a win-win deal. The lecturers would be exposed to new discoveries in their individual fields and they will teach their students same when academic session resumes.”
According to him, the industrial attachment would afford both lecturers and graduates of Nigerian polytechnics to compete favourably with their counterparts all over the world.
Kazaure called for designing of curriculum that would be relevant to the current demands of society, as well as providing a conducive learning environment.