Rector of the Taraba State Polytechnic, Dr. Daniel Mom on Tuesday urged universities across the country to respect the government white paper issued in 2011 which stop the running of Foundation and Diploma Programmes by universities.
Mom said despite the ban by the Federal Ministry of Education, through the National Council on Education in 2011, Taraba state university and many other universities were still running the outlawed programmes thereby, deceiving the students whose certificates cannot be accepted anywhere in the country.
“The federal government had in 2011 stopped universities in the country from running National Diploma (ND) programmes and directed them to adhere strictly to their approved mandates of awarding degrees and higher degrees.
“In the same circular Vice Chancellors of universities were warned against violation of the White Paper. I am surprise that for universities today are grossly violating the law and the federal ministry of education is keeping quiet,” he said.
The Rector said Diploma certificates obtained from universities were without value as candidates cannot use such Diploma Certificates to even seek for admission into Degree Programmes through direct entry, talk more gaining employment.
He urged the students and the public to be aware of this fact and stop wasting their time and resources going to universities for Diploma programmes and patronise polytechnics which are officially recognised to run diploma and higher national diploma programmes.
Mom lamented that lack of accreditation of courses in the school over the years have been the major challenge facing the institution, but expressed optimism that governor Ishaku will rescue the school and make it one of the best in the country.
He commended TETFUND for its intervention in the provision of infrastructure in the school and called on students to take advantage of the quality structures and learning aid provided by TETFUND to boost their knowledge.