By kehinde Emmanuel ilorin
The Rector of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu has that the Institution now ranked number four among the best four Polytechnics in Nigeria.
“The ranking of Polytechnics in the country has come out and Kwara State Polytechnic came fourth among State Polytechnic in the country, we beat several Federal Polytechnics.
Elelu added that the polytechnic was equally ranked sixth most sought for in admission by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
The Rector also disclosed that a total of 104 students of the Polytechnic would be awarded Distinction certificates at this year’s convocation.
The Rector made this known on Wednesday during the pre-convocation press briefing at the Academic Conference Hall of the Polytechnic.
Elelu said the polytechnic has maintained steady and stable academic calendars, saying that for the past eight years, the school has been graduating its students within stipulated time.
“Kwara State polytechnic is one of the few higher institutions in the country that graduate students as and at when due,” he added.
“We have been able to keep our academic activities stable, which we are noted for. Between last year and this year, we did not lose any academic day,” Elelu added.
The Rector said NBTE invited management of the Polytechnic to teach other polytechnics in the country on how to manage resources.
“Two weeks ago, I was invited to the State House in Abuja to prepare a paper on sustainable funding of Polytechnics in Nigeria,” the Rector said.
Elelu also said the Polytechnic was able to access its Research fund from TETFUND fully, adding that the polytechnic was the only polytechnic to achieve this.
He therefore called on all Alumni of the Polytechnic to assist the institution in any way they can to continue to achieve academic excellence.
The Rector declared that members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) did not join the ongoing ASUP strike.
According to him, academic staff of the institution has a way of resolving issues with the management and Kwara State Government.
“We take the plight of the students and parents into consideration that is why we cannot go on strike.
“This does not mean that we don’t have issues with the government, but we know how to solve them,” he added.
He was of the view that confrontation and strike were not the only means to resolve challenges, adding that there were many challenges facing education sector in the country.
“Strike should be used as the last resort in resolving issues. No individual or country can satisfy its people,” he said.
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