NBTE Makes Skills Acquisition Mandatory For Poly Students - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, June 10, 2024

NBTE Makes Skills Acquisition Mandatory For Poly Students

Skills acquisition is now part of training for every student under going academic programmes at Polytechnics in Nigeria, following a review of both National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) curricular by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), who introduced a  Mandatory Skills Qualification (MSQ) as a graduation requirement

The board’s Head of Media, Hajiya Fatimah Abubakar who announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, says the introduction is in line with global trends, especially as skill acquisition is now central to the training of young Nigerians in polytechnics.

Abubakar explained that diploma holders would now graduate with a National Skills Qualification (NSQ) or its equivalent, as an additional certification

According to her, this means the MSQ is now a requirement for all diploma programmes and must be attained before graduation.

She also explained that the NSQ was a certification system designed to assess and recognise the skills and competencies of individuals in various fields.

NSQ according to her, focuses on vocational skills and is typically obtained through vocational training programmes, apprenticeships, and assessments conducted by approved skill assessment bodies.

“NSQ aims to bridge the gap between formal education and industry needs by providing individuals with practical skills relevant to the job market", she stated 

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